At its AGM Green Party members voted to oppose the alternative vote in next year’s referendum.
The motion was proposed by MLA Brian Wilson who argued that “AV was not a proportional system and was no fairer than the present “first past the post.” In agreeing to this referendum the Lib Dems had betrayed all those like myself who had worked for “proportional representation” for many years.”
“In addition it will have a particularly detrimental impact in Northern Ireland where it will reinforce sectarian voting and increase polarisation. It will affectively eliminate centre parties and reduce each constituency to a sectarian headcount.”
The motion was passed by a 2/3 majority and becomes Party policy.