LIVE updates - Mid-Ulster election results

LIVE updates - Mid-Ulster election results
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15:45 Patsy McGlone takes the final seat

SDLP candidate Patsy McGlone has taken the final seat in Mid-Ulster, fighting off competition from TUV's Glenn Moore. 

That leaves the final seat allocation for Mid-Ulster as 3 SF, 1 DUP, 1 SDLP. All currently sitting MLA have retained there seats in the constituency. 

Final results: 

Michelle O’Neill (SF)

Linda Dillon (SF)

Emma Sheerin (SF)

Keith Buchanan (DUP)

Patsy McGlone (SDLP)

13:30 Hackett eliminated

Alliance candidate Claire Hackett has been eliminated at stage 7. Just Patsy McGlone (SDLP) and Glenn Moore (TUV) remain. 

11:50 Graham eliminated, three candidates remain

UUP candidate Meta Graham has been eliminated following stage 6B of the count. Three candidates remain, with Patsy McGlone in pole position. 


10:30 Keith Buchanan retains his seat

Following the sixth round of counting, DUP candidate Keith Buchanan has reclaimed his seat in Mid-Ulster. With one seat remaining, Patsy McGlone, who gained 397 votes this round, will be hoping to gain enough votes in the coming rounds to meet the quota and retain his seat. If that was to happen, the status quo would remain in Mid-Ulster, with all current MLAs retaining their seats.


09:00 Count back under way

The Mid-Ulster count has resumed in Magherafelt. With Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill, Linda Dillon and Emma Sheerin already elected, all eyes will be on the count to see if DUP's Keith Buchanan can make it over the line. After the last round, SDLP's Patsy McGlone has 5997 votes, now within reach of retaining his seat. The next closest candidate is TUV's Glenn Moore with 3828 votes. 


22:30 Count suspended until 9am tomorrow morning

Aontú candidate Alixandra Halliday has been eliminated with the count now suspended until 9.00am tomorrow morning. Come back then for more updates as Keith Buchanan edges closer to retaining his seat in Mid-Ulster, along with SDLP's Patsy McGlone.


21:15 Another candidate eliminated after fourth round 

Patrick Haughey (independent) has been elimated following the fourth stage of the count. SDLP's Patsy McGlone again gained votes but no candidates gained enough votes to be elected. As a result, the candidate with the lowest total, Patrick Haughey, who had 969 votes, has been excluded. 

19:40 McGlone gains but no further candidates elected 

After another round of the count, SDLP’s Patsy McGlone has gained 467 votes, taking his total to 5887. However, no further candidates have been elected and as such the four candidates with the lowest vote totals will now be excluded and their votes transferred.

These are: Conor Rafferty (Resume NI), Stefan Taylor (Independent), Hugh Francis Scullion (Workers Party) and Sophia McFeely (PBP).

DUP’s Keith Buchanan needs just 92 more votes to retain his seat.



17:30 Dillon and Sheerin elected

Sinn Féin’s Linda Dillon and Emma Sheerin have both been elected in Mid-Ulster after receiving Michelle O’Neill’s surplus votes.

In the second stage, Dillon received 1297 votes taking her total to 9496. Sheerin received 500 votes taking her total to 8715.

17:00 First Preference Votes

As we await the next round a number of Mid-Ulster candidates are within reach of the quota of 8615. 

Full List of candidates First Preference votes: 

Keith Buchanan (DUP) - 8521

Linda Dillon (SF) - 8199

Meta Graham (UUP) - 2191

Claire Hackett (Alliance) - 2138

Alixandra Halliday (Aontú) - 1305

Patrick Haughey (Independent) - 877

Sophia McFeely (PBP) - 179

Patsy McGlone (SDLP) - 5144

Glenn Moore (TUV) - 3818

Michelle O’Neill (SF) - 10845

Conor Rafferty (Resume NI) - 13

Hugh Fran Scullion (The Workers Party) - 107

Emma Sheerin (SF) - 8215

Stefan Taylor (Independent) - 137



15:20 O’Neill retains seat with 10,845 votes

Michelle O’Neill has retained her seat in Mid-Ulster with a total of 10,845 votes, meeting the quota of 8615.

DUP’s Keith Buchanan received 8521 votes, just short of the quota. Sinn Féin’s Linda Dillon received 8199 while Emma Sheerin received 8215. SDLP’s Patsy McGlone received 5144 votes.

The vote will now continue to the next stage, with Michelle O’Neill’s surplus votes being transferred.

14:10 Official Turnout in Mid-Ulster

The official turnout numbers have been released for Mid-Ulster with a total of 52,274 votes polled from a 75,168 eligible, making a 69.54% turnout. The number is down 3.7% from 2017  


09:00 Counting Underway

Counting is underway in the Northern Ireland Assembly elections.

Polls closed last night at 10pm with a total of 239 candidates running in 18 constituencies across Northern Ireland.

Thirteen candidates will contest the election in Mid-Ulster after the late withdrawal of Green Party candidate Stefan Taylor.

The nominations are as follows:

Keith Buchanan - Democratic Unionist Party
Linda Dillon - Sinn Féin
Meta Graham - Ulster Unionist Party
Claire Hackett - Alliance Party
Alixandra Halliday - Aontú
Patrick Haughey - Independent
Sophia McFeely - People Before Profit
Patsy McGlone - Social Democratic and Labour Party
Glenn Moore - Traditional Unionist Voice
Michelle O'Neill - Sinn Féin
Conor Rafferty - Resume NI
Hugh Scullion - The Workers Party
Emma Sheerin - Sinn Féin

Five candidates will be elected, with voters using the single transferable vote (STV) form of proportional representation.

Candidates will then have to get over a quota of votes. If any candidate surpasses the quota they are deemed elected while the candidate with the fewest votes are then knocked out, with their votes transferred to other candidates based on the preferences given to them by candidates.

While the official final turnout figure will not be known until later today the Electoral Office said the indicative turnout at 9pm last night, an hour before the polls closed, was 54%. Turnout was 64% in the last Assembly election in 2017.

The verification of votes at Magherafelt began at 8am with the first results expected around lunchtime.

The final results could be known by the end of Friday but it is possible that counting could pause overnight and resume on Saturday morning.

Keep an eye on this website where you'll be able to get full coverage of the results on our live election blog.

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