LIVE updates - Fermanagh and South Tyrone election results

LIVE updates - Fermanagh and South Tyrone election results
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19.20 THE COUNT CONCLUDES! 

The final declaration is in!

Colm Gildnernew, Aine Murphy (both Sinn Fein) and Deborah Erskine (DUP) have been elected and will take their seat at Stormont with Jemma Dolan (Sinn Fein) and Tom Elliott (UUP).

16:05 GANNON ELIMINATED

No one has been elected in stage 7 of the count so SDLP's Adam Gannon has been eliminated. His votes will now be transferred. Three seats are still available in the constituency. 

15:05 TOM ELLIOTT ELECTED

UUPs Tom Elliott has been elected, returning to the seat he held for 12 years from 2003 - 2015. 

Just two candidates have been elected so far after stage 6. Paul Bell (DUP), Deborah Erskine (DUP), Adam Gannon (SDLP), Colm Gildernew (SF) and Aine Murphy (SF) remain in contention for the final three seats in Fermanagh and South Tyrone. 

13:15 - ALEX ELLIOTT ELIMINATED

The TUV's Alex Elliott has bowed out after stage five.

The SDLP's Adam Gannon has made significant gains thanks to Matthew Beaumont's transfers, taking him above the DUP's Deborah Erskine.

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Paul Bell - 4,788.1

Tom Elliott - 8,112.11

Deborah Erksine - 5,532.11

Adam Gannon - 5,987.25

Colm Gildernew - 8,124.36

Áine Murphy - 7,815.1

11:30 - TOM ELLIOTT CLOSING IN

As expected, Tom Elliott received the majority of Rosemary Barton's transfers (2,110), moving the Ballinamallard man to 7,607, just behind Sinn Fein's Aine Murphy and Colm Gildernew.

Just a reminder, the quota is 8,958.

11:00 - MATTHEW BEAUMONT ELIMINATED

Matthew Beaumont of the Alliance Party has been eliminated from the count, failing to get over the line after receiving 2,583 votes.

09:00 - GOOD MORNING

So far, only one candidate has been elected in Fermanagh and South Tyrone - Jemma Dolan reached the quota at the first stage with 9,067 votes.

Her Sinn Fein party colleagues Aine Murphy and Colm Gildernew are in good positions to meet the quota of 8,958.

The UUP's Tom Elliott and Deborah Erskine of the DUP are neck-and-neck at the moment and look the most likely to take the fourth and fifth seats, although you can't rule out Adam Gannon (SDLP) or Paul Bell (DUP).

21.50 - ROSEMARY BARTON ELIMINATED

Rosemary Barton, the UUP's only female MLA in its 10-strong Stormont grouping, has been eliminated from the Fermanagh and South Tyrone election.

The count has now been suspended until 9am tomorrow.

18.20 - JEMMA DOLAN ELECTED

Sinn Fein's Jemma Dolan has retained her seat in Fermanagh and South Tyrone with a total of 9,067 votes, meeting the quota of 8,958.

Her party colleagues Colm Gildnernew and Aine Murphy received 7,562 and 7,379 votes respectively.

The UUP's Tom Elliott received 5,442 votes, followed by the DUP's Deborah Erskine's 5,272.

Paul Bell of the DUP received 4,255, Rosemary Barton of the UUP received 2,912 and the Alliance's Matthew Beaumont received 2,583.

14.10 - OFFICIAL TURNOUT

The official turnout for Fermanagh and South Tyrone is 69.09% - a total of 54,560 votes have been cast.

This is down from 72.6% back in 2017.

08.00 - COUNTING STARTS

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.

Sixteen candidates will contest the election in Fermanagh and South Tyrone.

The nominations are as follows:

Derek Backhouse - Independent
Rosemary Barton - Ulster Unionist Party
Matthew Beaumont - Alliance Party
Paul Bell - Democratic Unionist Party
Emma DeSouza - Independent
Jemma Dolan - Sinn Féin
Alex Elliott - Traditional Unionist Voice
Tom Elliott - Ulster Unionist Party
Deborah Erskine - Democratic Unionist Party
Adam Gannon - Social Democratic and Labour Party
Colm Gildernew - Sinn Féin
Emmett Kilpatrick - People Before Profit
Denise Mullen - Aontú
Áine Murphy - Sinn Féin
Kellie Turtle - Green Party
Dónal Ó Cofaigh - Cross Community Labour Alliance

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.

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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