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AFI Registered, Electoral Commission OK Max The Yes Party

Action for Independence (AFI) which aims to Max the Yes vote on the regional list at the Holyrood election has welcomed approval of its registration by the Electoral Commission (EC).

The Electoral Commission ruling means that AFI are now free to stand as a political party on the regional list at the Holyrood elections, which they have called ‘the independence elections’. AFI has called on all YES voters to vote SNP with their first constituency vote and then vote AFI with their second regional list vote in the Holyrood elections.

Dave Thompson, Interim Leader of AFI and a former SNP MSP of nine years standing said: “We are delighted that we can now get on with uniting our Yes Family behind AFI on the regional lists to ensure we get a supermajority in May’s elections. It is also gratifying that the EC have accepted our dynamic new name of “Action for Independence (AFI)”.

Dave continued: “We are the only YES regional list option that is set up to be able to include Yes Independents such as Martin Keatings, who has joined us, and any smaller YES parties which wish to come onboard. Solidarity have already joined AFI and paved the way for others to do so. Every small YES party that joins AFI can keep their own policy programme and select their own candidates for negotiated list places.

Today’s registration by the Electoral Commission shows that AFI’s vision is not only possible, but perfectly legal. AFI’s registration now paves the way for an escalation in our campaign to Max The Yes and create a supermajority for independence at May’s election. Everything is now in place to enable AFI to clear the Holyrood chamber of unionist stooges who do nothing but talk Scotland down.”

“Our invite is a simple one,” said Dave Thompson. “We ask the other smaller YES parties who have not yet signed up to AFI to meet us for talks, without pre-conditions on either side, to discuss how best to Max the YES at the forthcoming Holyrood elections.”

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