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PRESS RELEASE – The House of Assembly is today discussing the report of the Constituency Boundaries Commission which calls for the number of constituencies to be increased from 17 to 21.
Among the recommendations of the report is the reconfiguration of the constituencies in the northern districts of Castries, Babonneau and Gros Islet. It calls for the creation of four new constituencies as follows:
i. Gros Islet to be divided into three constituencies;
ii. A new constituency be created by conjoining contiguous parts of Babonneau, Castries North and Castries East to reduce on the size of those constituencies ; and
iii A new constituency created from Castries Southeast and Castries South to reduce on the size of Castries Southeast
The report also recommends that further realignment be undertaken to Castries East, Castries South and Castries North to allow for seats to be as closely equal as possible.
Other recommendations of the report include;
That the national average be recalculated for 21 seats as 7,882 or approximately 7,900 persons per constituency and that constituencies generally be brought within the limit of +/- 20% of the new national average or between 6,300 to 9,500 persons per constituency;
That special consideration be afforded to seats in the southern region which do not meet the lower limit of the national average per seat, due to the need to maintain administrative districts;
As much as possible, communities should be kept intact and should not be divided, unless if it becomes difficult to otherwise obtain suitable boundaries; and
Constituencies should as much as possible be compact and contiguous. That is to say, every part of a constituency should be connected without having to cross into another constituency for access.
Further, constituencies should not be unduly linear in geographic spread.