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Mauritius' Council of Ministers Approves Submission of Electoral Boundaries Commission Report

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Waqas Arain
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Mauritius' Council of Ministers Approves Submission of Electoral Boundaries Commission Report

The long-pending Electoral Boundaries Commission (EBC) report is set to be discussed in Parliament, as Mauritius' Council of Ministers has given its nod for its submission. The report, which has been languishing for three years, is a constitutional requirement meant to review and revise electoral district boundaries every ten years, to ensure a fair balance of voter numbers across districts.

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History of EBC Reports

Since its inception, the EBC has presented four reports to the National Assembly - in 1976, 1986, 1999, and 2009. However, only the suggestions of the 1986 and 1999 reports were approved, while the last report submitted on November 10, 2009, remains undebated.

Proposed Changes in the 2020 EBC Report

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The EBC's 2020 report recommends significant revisions in several constituencies. This includes the annexation of the Chagos Archipelago to constituency number 1 (GRNO/Port-Louis West), a region previously not included in any constituency. Other noteworthy recommendations involve reassigning areas and voters to different constituencies, such as transferring the region around the Central Barracks to constituency number 2 (Port-Louis South/Port-Louis Central), moving parts of constituency number 2 near the Citadel to number 3 (Port-Louis Maritime/Port-Louis East), and annexing parts of constituency number 4 (Port-Louis North/Montagne-Longue) to number 3.

Implications of the Proposed Revisions

Changes are also proposed for other constituencies, including the Savanne/Riviere-Noire (number 14) region, with areas like Palma, Bassin, and Residence Kennedy potentially moving to constituency number 18 (Belle-Rose/Quatre-Bornes), impacting 16,242 voters. Furthermore, the EBC suggests entirely incorporating St Patrick into constituency number 19 (Stanley/Rose-Hill), adding 1,669 voters. These changes are part of the EBC's drive to equalize voter distribution across constituencies, ensuring a more balanced representation.

The EBC's report, if approved, could significantly reshape Mauritius' political landscape. It is now up to the Parliament to debate and consider the proposed changes, potentially leading to one of the most significant electoral shifts in the country's history.

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