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Dissapointing to see that the election for the Ballinderry ward of Cookstown council will not be contested. Unfortunately it seems that no party fancied their chances at increasing their representation and so the nominated candidates will be automatically elected. I think this is bad for democracy, the voters should be given the opportunity to express their views at the ballot box and candidates should be able to achieve a mandate for their positions. I hope that this is an unfortunate anomaly rather than a vision of things to come.

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