Public consultation process
Please scrutinise all the proposed amendments and replies before commenting or voting. Short comments are most often read and must not exceed 100 words.You can propose an Amendment at the bottom of this page - please read the guidelines .
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Section 4.5. Representatives to the Scottish Parliament are elected through free elections and secret ballot and the seats are distributed on the principle of proportional representation in accordance with the law.
Representatives of constituencies should have lived in the constituency for 10 years before being able to stand in that constituency.
While the principle ensures that the representative is familiar with that area, it would be unnecessarily restrictive . Who is to say that someone from a neighbouring location doesn't know the proposed area. And what about those who work in a different constituency and live elsewhere?