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When creating the city’s charter, the residents argued that their interests were better represented by smaller, local jurisdictions instead of by a large, sweeping central ministry, so the metropolis was divided into seven distinct districts, each with their own government.

A) jurisdictions instead of by a large, sweeping central ministry, so the metropolis was divided into seven distinct districts, each with their own

B) jurisdictions instead of by a large, sweeping central ministry, dividing the metropolis into seven distinct districts, each with its own

C) jurisdictions than by a large, sweeping central ministry, so the metropolis was divided into seven distinct districts, each with their own

D) jurisdictions than by a large, sweeping central ministry, so the metropolis was divided into seven distinct districts, each with its own

E) jurisdictions rather than a large, sweeping central ministry, so it was divided into seven distinct districts, each with its own

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The correct answer is E.

The problem with the original phrase is in the use of the possessive: "their" should be replaced by "its".

B changes the meaning of the sentence to a confusing phrase.

C still uses "their"

D is missing the preposition "by" and thus breaks the parallelism rule.

E is correct.