Electoral districts of the House of Assembly

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The House of Assembly is elected from 128 single member constituencies known as electoral districts. Almost all of the current electoral districts have been established since 1907, when the present electoral system was introduced. The creation and regulation of each electoral district is the responsibility of Elections New Ingerland.

History

Apportionment

Electoral district are apportioned in accordance with Constitution of New Ingerland and the Electoral Act[1]. Across the country, apportionment is based on the total number of enrolled voters (rather than total residents), with the following provisos:

  • Each county must have at least one constituency
  • The House of Assembly should be approximately twice as large as the Senate

The boundaries for each electoral district must be redrawn in a process known as an electoral redistribution at least once every eight years. These boundaries are drawn by a special committee overseen by Elections New Ingerland.

Within an electoral district, the number of enrolled voters can not vary by more than 10% from the average national average, nor can the number of voters vary by more than 3.5% from the average projected enrolment six years into the future.

Naming conventions

All electoral district names in New Ingerland are taken from geographic features within the boundaries of the said district. In general, the naming of an electoral district follows these simple rules:

  • Names are generally based on the most prominent urban settlement within the constituency, but any geographical feature may be used.
  • Where the name of a constituency includes more than one geographic designation, it is properly denoted with an em dash (—) between each distinct geographic name, for example St Collen—Hartlow.
  • Likewise, where two constituencies have been merged, the new electoral district may take the name of its predecessors, with the two names separated with an em dash.
  • Where an urban centre is evenly divided between two constituencies, the names may include a geographic designation and an ordinal direction (e.g., Poundyard Bay Central or Castleleigh East) In this case, there is no punctuation between the two words.

See also

References and notes

  1. Electoral Act (Public Act No. 47 of 1983).

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