11/16/2012 06:11 EST | Updated 01/16/2013 05:12 EST

Town in southwestern Nova Scotia speaks out against proposed boundary changes

SANDY POINT, N.S. - Residents of Shelburne, Nova Scotia are rejecting a proposal to divide their county into two provincial ridings.

Nearly 100 people attended the first of two hearings Thursday before the province's legislative law amendments committee at the Sandy Point Community Centre.

Forty-one presenters have registered to speak during the hearings.

However, committee chairman Ross Landy opened the floor for others to voice their opinion.

He says the NDP government is taking the boundaries issue very serious.

The committee meets next week in Halifax to decide how to proceed with redrawing the province's electoral map.