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@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 6th May     2016
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Ulster Unionist Leader Mike Nesbitt success on the first count for Strangford  for the Assembly Elections at the Aurora Leisure Centre, Bangor.
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@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 6th May 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Ulster Unionist Leader Mike Nesbitt success on the first count for Strangford for the Assembly Elections at the Aurora Leisure Centre, Bangor. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

Caral Ni Chuilin and Gerry Kelly  are elected in North Belfast  at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast on Friday for Belfast North, South East and West constituencies Assembly Election Count.
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Caral Ni Chuilin and Gerry Kelly are elected in North Belfast at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast on Friday for Belfast North, South East and West constituencies Assembly Election Count. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Nichola Mallon is elected in North Belfast   at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast on Friday for Belfast North, South East and West constituencies Assembly Election Count.
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Nichola Mallon is elected in North Belfast at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast on Friday for Belfast North, South East and West constituencies Assembly Election Count. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

First Minister Arlene Foster (DUP) with party colleague Lord Maurice Morrow celebrate their victory in Fermanagh South Tyrone as part of The Northern Ireland Assembly Election 2016 at Omagh Leisure Centre.

First Minister Arlene Foster (DUP) with party colleague Lord Maurice Morrow celebrate their victory in Fermanagh South Tyrone as part of The Northern Ireland Assembly Election 2016 at Omagh Leisure Centre.

First Minister Arlene Foster at the election count in Omagh. Picture by John McVitty / Press Eye

First Minister Arlene Foster at the election count in Omagh. Picture by John McVitty / Press Eye

Catherine Seeley (left) and John O'Dowd (right) of Sinn Fein celebrate their re-election as counting of votes continues at Banbridge Leisure centre for Upper Bann constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. : Niall Carson/PA Wire

Catherine Seeley (left) and John O'Dowd (right) of Sinn Fein celebrate their re-election as counting of votes continues at Banbridge Leisure centre for Upper Bann constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. : Niall Carson/PA Wire

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Catherine Seeley and John O'Dowd of Sinn Fein celebrate their re-election as counting of votes continues at Banbridge Leisure centre for Upper Bann constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections.  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Catherine Seeley and John O'Dowd of Sinn Fein celebrate their re-election as counting of votes continues at Banbridge Leisure centre for Upper Bann constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. Niall Carson/PA Wire

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Sinn Fein's John O'Dowd (left) waits as the counting of votes continues for the Upper Bann constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections at Banbridge Leisure centre in County Down. Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Fein's John O'Dowd (left) waits as the counting of votes continues for the Upper Bann constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections at Banbridge Leisure centre in County Down. Niall Carson/PA Wire

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th May 2016 - 
The assembly election count for Upper Bann continues into it's second day today in Bainbridge Leisure centre, with four seats left to be filled.
Pictured: Sinn Fein candidate John O'Dowd pictured deep in thought at the second day of the count in Banbrigde. 
Picture by Philip Magowan / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th May 2016 - The assembly election count for Upper Bann continues into it's second day today in Bainbridge Leisure centre, with four seats left to be filled. Pictured: Sinn Fein candidate John O'Dowd pictured deep in thought at the second day of the count in Banbrigde. Picture by Philip Magowan / Press Eye.

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th May 2016 - 
The assembly election count for Upper Bann continues into it's second day today in Bainbridge Leisure centre, with four seats left to be filled.
Pictured: Ulster Unionist candidate Joanne Dobson has been elected after stage nine, and celebrates with friends, family, and party colleagues. 

Picture by Philip Magowan / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th May 2016 - The assembly election count for Upper Bann continues into it's second day today in Bainbridge Leisure centre, with four seats left to be filled. Pictured: Ulster Unionist candidate Joanne Dobson has been elected after stage nine, and celebrates with friends, family, and party colleagues. Picture by Philip Magowan / Press Eye.

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Richie McPhillips of the SDLP (second left) celebrates being elected in the constituency of Fermanagh & South Tyrone as counting continues at the Omagh count centre in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections.Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Richie McPhillips of the SDLP (second left) celebrates being elected in the constituency of Fermanagh & South Tyrone as counting continues at the Omagh count centre in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections.Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Ulster Unionist Jo Anne Dobson celebrates election in Upper Bann with son Mark. Michael McHugh/PA Wire

Ulster Unionist Jo Anne Dobson celebrates election in Upper Bann with son Mark. Michael McHugh/PA Wire

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Rosemary Barton of the UUP celebrates being elected in the constituency of Fermanagh & South Tyrone as counting continues at the Omagh count centre in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections.  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Rosemary Barton of the UUP celebrates being elected in the constituency of Fermanagh & South Tyrone as counting continues at the Omagh count centre in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Press Eye - Valley Leisure Centre - Count Centre  - 7th May 2016
Photograph By Declan Roughan

Stewart Dickson, Alliance, elected.

The count continues for the second day at the Valley Leisure Centre for East Antrim.

Press Eye - Valley Leisure Centre - Count Centre - 7th May 2016 Photograph By Declan Roughan Stewart Dickson, Alliance, elected. The count continues for the second day at the Valley Leisure Centre for East Antrim.

DUP leader Arlene Foster MLA for Fermanagh and South Tyrone makes time for a quick cup of tea as counting continues at the Omagh count centre in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. 
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DUP leader Arlene Foster MLA for Fermanagh and South Tyrone makes time for a quick cup of tea as counting continues at the Omagh count centre in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Rosemary Barton (UUP) being congratulated by Tom Elliott, MP during The Northern Ireland Assembly Election 2016 at Omagh Leisure Centre.
 picture by John McVitty / Press Eye

Rosemary Barton (UUP) being congratulated by Tom Elliott, MP during The Northern Ireland Assembly Election 2016 at Omagh Leisure Centre. picture by John McVitty / Press Eye

Daniel McCrossan (SDLP) elected West Tyrone as part of The Northern Ireland Assembly Election 2016 at Omagh Leisure Centre.
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Daniel McCrossan (SDLP) elected West Tyrone as part of The Northern Ireland Assembly Election 2016 at Omagh Leisure Centre. picture by John McVitty / Press Eye

Press Eye - Valley Leisure Centre - Count Centre  - 7th May 2016
Photograph By Declan Roughan

Returning officer Janet Goodall announces Stewart Dickson, Alliance, elected.

The count continues for the second day at the Valley Leisure Centre for East Antrim.

Press Eye - Valley Leisure Centre - Count Centre - 7th May 2016 Photograph By Declan Roughan Returning officer Janet Goodall announces Stewart Dickson, Alliance, elected. The count continues for the second day at the Valley Leisure Centre for East Antrim.

Press Eye - Valley Leisure Centre - Count Centre  - 7th May 2016
Photograph By Declan Roughan

The count continues for the second day at the Valley Leisure Centre for East Antrim.

Press Eye - Valley Leisure Centre - Count Centre - 7th May 2016 Photograph By Declan Roughan The count continues for the second day at the Valley Leisure Centre for East Antrim.

Press Eye - Valley Leisure Centre - Count Centre  - 7th May 2016
Photograph By Declan Roughan

(L-R) Daragh Monaghan, Noel Williams, Sandra Dickson and Stewart Dickson. Stewart Dickson elected.

The count continues for the second day at the Valley Leisure Centre for East Antrim.

Press Eye - Valley Leisure Centre - Count Centre - 7th May 2016 Photograph By Declan Roughan (L-R) Daragh Monaghan, Noel Williams, Sandra Dickson and Stewart Dickson. Stewart Dickson elected. The count continues for the second day at the Valley Leisure Centre for East Antrim.

First Minister Arlene Foster (DUP) arriving today Saturday for The Northern Ireland Assembly Election 2016 at Omagh Leisure Centre.
 picture by John McVitty / Press Eye

First Minister Arlene Foster (DUP) arriving today Saturday for The Northern Ireland Assembly Election 2016 at Omagh Leisure Centre. picture by John McVitty / Press Eye

Daniel McCrossan (SDLP) elected West Tyrone as part of The Northern Ireland Assembly Election 2016 at Omagh Leisure Centre.
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Daniel McCrossan (SDLP) elected West Tyrone as part of The Northern Ireland Assembly Election 2016 at Omagh Leisure Centre. picture by John McVitty / Press Eye

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DUP's Simon Hamilton, after being successful elected  for Strangford  at  the Assembly Elections at the Aurora Leisure Centre, Bangor.
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@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 6th May 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye DUP's Simon Hamilton, after being successful elected for Strangford at the Assembly Elections at the Aurora Leisure Centre, Bangor. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

(left to right) Pundit Paul McFadden, SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood and People Before Profits Eamonn McCann share a joke at the Foyle Arena in Londonderry, as counting of votes continues in the the Foyle and East Londonderry constituencies in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 6, 2016. See PA story ULSTER Election. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

(left to right) Pundit Paul McFadden, SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood and People Before Profits Eamonn McCann share a joke at the Foyle Arena in Londonderry, as counting of votes continues in the the Foyle and East Londonderry constituencies in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 6, 2016. See PA story ULSTER Election. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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Newly elected DUP MLA's for Belfast South, Emma Little Pengelly and Christopher Stalford celebrate their victory at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Newly elected DUP MLA's for Belfast South, Emma Little Pengelly and Christopher Stalford celebrate their victory at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Newly elected DUP MLA for Belfast South, Emma Little Pengelly speaks at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Newly elected DUP MLA for Belfast South, Emma Little Pengelly speaks at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Newly elected DUP MLA for Belfast South, Christopher Stalford speaks at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Newly elected DUP MLA for Belfast South, Christopher Stalford speaks at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Alliance Party's Paula Bradshaw celebrates after become the MLA for Belfast South at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, during the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Alliance Party's Paula Bradshaw celebrates after become the MLA for Belfast South at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, during the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Newly elected MLA SDLP candidate for the Belfast West Claire Hanna, (centre) celebrates with supporters at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Newly elected MLA SDLP candidate for the Belfast West Claire Hanna, (centre) celebrates with supporters at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Sinn Fein candidate for Belfast West Pat Sheehan speaks with media after being returned for another term during the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 6, 2016. See PA story ULSTER Election. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Sinn Fein candidate for Belfast West Pat Sheehan speaks with media after being returned for another term during the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 6, 2016. See PA story ULSTER Election. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Sinn Fein candidate Martin McGuinness is interviewed outside the Foyle Arena in Londonderry, as counting of votes continues in the the Foyle and East Londonderry constituencies in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 6, 2016. See PA story ULSTER Election. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Fein candidate Martin McGuinness is interviewed outside the Foyle Arena in Londonderry, as counting of votes continues in the the Foyle and East Londonderry constituencies in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 6, 2016. See PA story ULSTER Election. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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Press Eye - Lagan Valley Count Centre - 6th May 2016
Photograph By Declan Roughan

UUP's David Trimble(left) at the count.

The count gets under way at Lisburn Leisure Plex count centre for Lagan Valley and South Down candidates.

Press Eye - Lagan Valley Count Centre - 6th May 2016 Photograph By Declan Roughan UUP's David Trimble(left) at the count. The count gets under way at Lisburn Leisure Plex count centre for Lagan Valley and South Down candidates.

Sinn Fein candidate Martin McGuinness is interviewed at the Foyle Arena in Londonderry, as counting of votes continues in the the Foyle and East Londonderry constituencies in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 6, 2016. See PA story ULSTER Election. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Fein candidate Martin McGuinness is interviewed at the Foyle Arena in Londonderry, as counting of votes continues in the the Foyle and East Londonderry constituencies in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 6, 2016. See PA story ULSTER Election. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood at the Foyle Arena in Londonderry, as counting of votes continues in the the Foyle and East Londonderry constituencies in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 6, 2016. See PA story ULSTER Election. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood at the Foyle Arena in Londonderry, as counting of votes continues in the the Foyle and East Londonderry constituencies in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 6, 2016. See PA story ULSTER Election. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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Press Eye - Lagan Valley Count Centre - 6th May 2016
Photograph By Declan Roughan

Trevor Lunn with Amanda Grehan.

The count gets under way at Lisburn Leisure Plex count centre for Lagan Valley and South Down candidates.

Press Eye - Lagan Valley Count Centre - 6th May 2016 Photograph By Declan Roughan Trevor Lunn with Amanda Grehan. The count gets under way at Lisburn Leisure Plex count centre for Lagan Valley and South Down candidates.

Michelle Gildernew (Sinn Fein), who was elected in the Fermanagh South Tyrone count at Omagh Leisure Centre.
picture by John McVitty / Press Eye

Michelle Gildernew (Sinn Fein), who was elected in the Fermanagh South Tyrone count at Omagh Leisure Centre. picture by John McVitty / Press Eye

Press Eye - Lagan Valley Count Centre - 6th May 2016
Photograph By Declan Roughan

Harold McKee, elected with Jim Wells.

The count gets under way at Lisburn Leisure Plex count centre for Lagan Valley and South Down candidates.

Press Eye - Lagan Valley Count Centre - 6th May 2016 Photograph By Declan Roughan Harold McKee, elected with Jim Wells. The count gets under way at Lisburn Leisure Plex count centre for Lagan Valley and South Down candidates.

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Emma Little-Pengelly, DUP at Titanic exhibition Centre in Belfast. The process of counting votes in the Northern Ireland Assembly election has begun. Two hundred and seventy-six candidates are competing for 108 seats across Northern Ireland's 18 constituencies. 
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PACEMAKER BELFAST 06/05/2016 Emma Little-Pengelly, DUP at Titanic exhibition Centre in Belfast. The process of counting votes in the Northern Ireland Assembly election has begun. Two hundred and seventy-six candidates are competing for 108 seats across Northern Ireland's 18 constituencies. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Sinn Fein candidate Martin McGuinness is interviewed outside the Foyle Arena in Londonderry, as counting of votes continues in the the Foyle and East Londonderry constituencies in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 6, 2016. See PA story ULSTER Election. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Fein candidate Martin McGuinness is interviewed outside the Foyle Arena in Londonderry, as counting of votes continues in the the Foyle and East Londonderry constituencies in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 6, 2016. See PA story ULSTER Election. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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 Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams with party colleagues  at Titanic exhibition Centre in Belfast. The process of counting votes in the Northern Ireland Assembly election has begun. Two hundred and seventy-six candidates are competing for 108 seats across Northern Ireland's 18 constituencies. 
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PACEMAKER BELFAST 06/05/2016 Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams with party colleagues at Titanic exhibition Centre in Belfast. The process of counting votes in the Northern Ireland Assembly election has begun. Two hundred and seventy-six candidates are competing for 108 seats across Northern Ireland's 18 constituencies. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

A party activists wears a DUP rosette at the Foyle Arena in Londonderry, as counting of votes continues in the the Foyle and East Londonderry constituencies in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 6, 2016. See PA story ULSTER Election. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A party activists wears a DUP rosette at the Foyle Arena in Londonderry, as counting of votes continues in the the Foyle and East Londonderry constituencies in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 6, 2016. See PA story ULSTER Election. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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PACEMAKER BELFAST   06/05/2016
 Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams with party colleagues  at Titanic exhibition Centre in Belfast. The process of counting votes in the Northern Ireland Assembly election has begun. Two hundred and seventy-six candidates are competing for 108 seats across Northern Ireland's 18 constituencies. 
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PACEMAKER BELFAST 06/05/2016 Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams with party colleagues at Titanic exhibition Centre in Belfast. The process of counting votes in the Northern Ireland Assembly election has begun. Two hundred and seventy-six candidates are competing for 108 seats across Northern Ireland's 18 constituencies. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Gerry Carroll, People Before Profit Alliance looks at his portrait after being elected in West Belfast at Titanic exhibition Centre in Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Gerry Carroll, People Before Profit Alliance looks at his portrait after being elected in West Belfast at Titanic exhibition Centre in Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Arlene Foster, relaxing after being elected in Fermanagh and South Tyrone.
picture by John McVitty, Enniskillen, Co.Fermanagh / Press Eye

Arlene Foster, relaxing after being elected in Fermanagh and South Tyrone. picture by John McVitty, Enniskillen, Co.Fermanagh / Press Eye

Gary Middleton of the DUP is kissed by his wife Julie after election in Foyle, as counting of votes continues in the the Foyle and East Londonderry constituencies in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. PA

Gary Middleton of the DUP is kissed by his wife Julie after election in Foyle, as counting of votes continues in the the Foyle and East Londonderry constituencies in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. PA

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Alliance Party's candidate for east Belfast Naomi Long is congratulated after it is announced she has made the quota. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Alliance Party's candidate for east Belfast Naomi Long is congratulated after it is announced she has made the quota. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Emma Little-Pengelly, DUP at Titanic exhibition Centre in Belfast. The process of counting votes in the Northern Ireland Assembly election has begun. Two hundred and seventy-six candidates are competing for 108 seats across Northern Ireland's 18 constituencies. 
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Emma Little-Pengelly, DUP at Titanic exhibition Centre in Belfast. The process of counting votes in the Northern Ireland Assembly election has begun. Two hundred and seventy-six candidates are competing for 108 seats across Northern Ireland's 18 constituencies. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th May 2016 - 
The assembly election count for Newry and Armagh takes place in Banbridge Leisure Centre.
Pictured: DUP Upper Bann Candidate Sydney Anderson is elected into the Assembly after the second count. 

Picture by Philip Magowan / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th May 2016 - The assembly election count for Newry and Armagh takes place in Banbridge Leisure Centre. Pictured: DUP Upper Bann Candidate Sydney Anderson is elected into the Assembly after the second count. Picture by Philip Magowan / Press Eye.

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Alastair Patterson (UUP) at the Election Count at Omagh Leisure Centre.
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Alastair Patterson (UUP) at the Election Count at Omagh Leisure Centre. Picture by John McVitty / Press Eye

George Robinson of the DUP (centre blue suit) is elected an MLA for East Londonderry as counting of votes continues at the Foyle Arena in Londonderry in the the Foyle and East Londonderry constituencies in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. PA

George Robinson of the DUP (centre blue suit) is elected an MLA for East Londonderry as counting of votes continues at the Foyle Arena in Londonderry in the the Foyle and East Londonderry constituencies in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. PA

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Sinn Fein candidate Martin McGuinness arrives at the Foyle Arena in Londonderry, as counting of votes continues in the the Foyle and East Londonderry constituencies in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. PA

Sinn Fein candidate Martin McGuinness arrives at the Foyle Arena in Londonderry, as counting of votes continues in the the Foyle and East Londonderry constituencies in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. PA

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The assembly election count for Newry and Armagh takes place in Banbridge Leisure Centre. Pictured: DUP Upper Bann candidate Carla Lockhart topped the poll on the first count with a total of 7993 votes. Picture by Philip Magowan / Press Eye.

The assembly election count for Newry and Armagh takes place in Banbridge Leisure Centre. Pictured: DUP Upper Bann candidate Carla Lockhart topped the poll on the first count with a total of 7993 votes. Picture by Philip Magowan / Press Eye.

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Martin McGuinness arrives the Foyle Count in the Foyle Arena in Derry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com.

Martin McGuinness arrives the Foyle Count in the Foyle Arena in Derry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com.

Alex Easton, DUP  after being successful  on the first count for North Down   for the Assembly Elections at the Aurora Leisure Centre, Bangor. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

Alex Easton, DUP after being successful on the first count for North Down for the Assembly Elections at the Aurora Leisure Centre, Bangor. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

Vote counters distribute surplus votes during the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections count at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 6, 2016. See PA story ULSTER Election. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Vote counters distribute surplus votes during the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections count at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 6, 2016. See PA story ULSTER Election. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Mairtin O Muilleoir, Sinn Fein candidate for Belfast South, applauds the news that he has been elected as an MLA during the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, where the counting of votes continues in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 6, 2016. See PA story ULSTER Election. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Mairtin O Muilleoir, Sinn Fein candidate for Belfast South, applauds the news that he has been elected as an MLA during the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, where the counting of votes continues in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 6, 2016. See PA story ULSTER Election. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Maurice Bradley of the DUP (centre) celebrates his election as an MLA for East Londonderry, as the counting of votes continues at the Foyle Arena in Londonderry in the Foyle and East Londonderry constituencies in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 6, 2016. See PA story ULSTER Election. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Maurice Bradley of the DUP (centre) celebrates his election as an MLA for East Londonderry, as the counting of votes continues at the Foyle Arena in Londonderry in the Foyle and East Londonderry constituencies in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 6, 2016. See PA story ULSTER Election. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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DUP's Ian Paisley Jnr at the North Antrim count, held in Ballymena.

PACEMAKER BELFAST 06/05/2016 DUP's Ian Paisley Jnr at the North Antrim count, held in Ballymena.

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Sinn Fein's Daithi McKay at the Ballymena count.

PACEMAKER BELFAST 06/05/2016 Sinn Fein's Daithi McKay at the Ballymena count.

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DUP leader Arlene Foster (L) gives a victory sign alongside DUP chairman and fellow candidate Lord Morrow (R) after being elected at the Northern Ireland Assembly count at Omagh Leisure on May 6, 2016 in Omagh, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

DUP leader Arlene Foster (L) gives a victory sign alongside DUP chairman and fellow candidate Lord Morrow (R) after being elected at the Northern Ireland Assembly count at Omagh Leisure on May 6, 2016 in Omagh, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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Mairtn î Muilleoir, Sinn Fein candidate for Belfast South, at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, where the counting of votes continues in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 6, 2016. See PA story ULSTER Election. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Mairtn î Muilleoir, Sinn Fein candidate for Belfast South, at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, where the counting of votes continues in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 6, 2016. See PA story ULSTER Election. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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PACEMAKER PRESS 06/05/2016.  2016 Northern Ireland Assembly Election.  Votes are counted at Omagh Leisure centre as Voters took to the polls across Northern Ireland.  Pictured is DUP leader Arlene Foster with Lord Morrow.  PICTURE MARK MARLOW/PACEMAKER PRESS

PACEMAKER PRESS 06/05/2016. 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly Election. Votes are counted at Omagh Leisure centre as Voters took to the polls across Northern Ireland. Pictured is DUP leader Arlene Foster with Lord Morrow. PICTURE MARK MARLOW/PACEMAKER PRESS

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Gerry Carroll, People Before Profit Alliance is elected in West Belfast at Titanic exhibition Centre in Belfast. The process of counting votes in the Northern Ireland Assembly election has begun. Two hundred and seventy-six candidates are competing for 108 seats across Northern Ireland's 18 constituencies. 
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PACEMAKER BELFAST 06/05/2016 Gerry Carroll, People Before Profit Alliance is elected in West Belfast at Titanic exhibition Centre in Belfast. The process of counting votes in the Northern Ireland Assembly election has begun. Two hundred and seventy-six candidates are competing for 108 seats across Northern Ireland's 18 constituencies. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

OMAGH, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 06: DUP leader Arlene Foster jokes as she attempts to take a photograph of a party colleague after being elected at the Northern Ireland Assembly count at Omagh Leisure on May 6, 2016 in Omagh, Northern Ireland. Two hundred and seventy six candidates are contesting 108 seats across the province. The Democratic Unionist Party are predicted to return as the largest political party in the province with Arlene Foster also returned as First Minister of the power sharing government with Sinn Fein the second largest party. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

OMAGH, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 06: DUP leader Arlene Foster jokes as she attempts to take a photograph of a party colleague after being elected at the Northern Ireland Assembly count at Omagh Leisure on May 6, 2016 in Omagh, Northern Ireland. Two hundred and seventy six candidates are contesting 108 seats across the province. The Democratic Unionist Party are predicted to return as the largest political party in the province with Arlene Foster also returned as First Minister of the power sharing government with Sinn Fein the second largest party. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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OMAGH, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 06: DUP leader Arlene Foster (C) celebrates with party members after being elected at the Northern Ireland Assembly count at Omagh Leisure on May 6, 2016 in Omagh, Northern Ireland. Two hundred and seventy six candidates are contesting 108 seats across the province. The Democratic Unionist Party are predicted to return as the largest political party in the province with Arlene Foster also returned as First Minister of the power sharing government with Sinn Fein the second largest party. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

OMAGH, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 06: DUP leader Arlene Foster (C) celebrates with party members after being elected at the Northern Ireland Assembly count at Omagh Leisure on May 6, 2016 in Omagh, Northern Ireland. Two hundred and seventy six candidates are contesting 108 seats across the province. The Democratic Unionist Party are predicted to return as the largest political party in the province with Arlene Foster also returned as First Minister of the power sharing government with Sinn Fein the second largest party. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th May 2016

Counting begins at the Titanic Convention centre in east Belfast for the North, East, South West constituencies in the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly elections.  People Before Profit Alliance candidate Gerry Carroll celebrates after it is announced he has made the quota to be elected an MLA.

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th May 2016 Counting begins at the Titanic Convention centre in east Belfast for the North, East, South West constituencies in the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly elections. People Before Profit Alliance candidate Gerry Carroll celebrates after it is announced he has made the quota to be elected an MLA. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Alex Maskey (centre) of Sinn Fein is congratulated by fellow candidate Pat Sheehan (left) and his brother Paul Maskey (right) after being elected as MLA for Belfast West, at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, where the counting of votes continues in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 6, 2016. See PA story ULSTER Election. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Alex Maskey (centre) of Sinn Fein is congratulated by fellow candidate Pat Sheehan (left) and his brother Paul Maskey (right) after being elected as MLA for Belfast West, at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, where the counting of votes continues in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 6, 2016. See PA story ULSTER Election. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Counting begins at the Titanic Convention centre in east Belfast for the North, East, South West constituencies in the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly elections.  Sinn Fein candidate for south Belfast Máirtín Ó Muilleoir pictured at the count. 
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Counting begins at the Titanic Convention centre in east Belfast for the North, East, South West constituencies in the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly elections. Sinn Fein candidate for south Belfast Máirtín Ó Muilleoir pictured at the count. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-05-2016: NI Assembly election: North Down & Strangford counts in Aurora Leisure Complex in Bangor.
The process of counting votes in the Northern Ireland Assembly election has begun. The Alliance Party's David Ford looks over the numbers during the count.  
Picture By: Matthew Bohill Pacemaker.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-05-2016: NI Assembly election: North Down & Strangford counts in Aurora Leisure Complex in Bangor. The process of counting votes in the Northern Ireland Assembly election has begun. The Alliance Party's David Ford looks over the numbers during the count. Picture By: Matthew Bohill Pacemaker.

NI Assembly Elections Foyle and East Londonderry count
Dup candidate Gary Middleton.
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NI Assembly Elections Foyle and East Londonderry count Dup candidate Gary Middleton. Photo: Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com

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The Alliance Party's David Ford looks over the numbers. 
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The Alliance Party's David Ford looks over the numbers. Picture: Matt Bohill PACEMAKER BELFAST 06/05/2016

(L-R) Jane McCallister with her husband Independent John McCallister and SDLP's Margaret Ritchie.
The count gets under way at Lisburn Leisure Plex count centre for Lagan Valley and South Down candidates.
Press Eye - Lagan Valley Count Centre - 6th May 2016
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(L-R) Jane McCallister with her husband Independent John McCallister and SDLP's Margaret Ritchie. The count gets under way at Lisburn Leisure Plex count centre for Lagan Valley and South Down candidates. Press Eye - Lagan Valley Count Centre - 6th May 2016 Photograph By Declan Roughan

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-05-2016: NI Assembly election: North Down & Strangford counts in Aurora Leisure Complex in Bangor.
The process of counting votes in the Northern Ireland Assembly election has begun. Michelle McIlveen, DUP pictured after being elected, reaching the quota for election on the first count.  
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-05-2016: NI Assembly election: North Down & Strangford counts in Aurora Leisure Complex in Bangor. The process of counting votes in the Northern Ireland Assembly election has begun. Michelle McIlveen, DUP pictured after being elected, reaching the quota for election on the first count. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th May 2016

Counting begins at the Titanic Convention centre in east Belfast for the North, East, South West constituencies in the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly elections.  People Before Profit Alliance candidate Gerry Carroll celebrates after it is announced he has made the quota to be elected an MLA.

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th May 2016 Counting begins at the Titanic Convention centre in east Belfast for the North, East, South West constituencies in the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly elections. People Before Profit Alliance candidate Gerry Carroll celebrates after it is announced he has made the quota to be elected an MLA. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Artist Brian John Spencer draws a caricature of DUP leader Arlene Foster, as he is watched by Guy Spence (left), DUP Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast and Christopher Stalford, DUP councillor for Balmoral, at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, where the counting of votes continues in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Artist Brian John Spencer draws a caricature of DUP leader Arlene Foster, as he is watched by Guy Spence (left), DUP Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast and Christopher Stalford, DUP councillor for Balmoral, at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, where the counting of votes continues in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-05-2016: NI Assembly election: North Down & Strangford counts in Aurora Leisure Complex in Bangor.
The process of counting votes in the Northern Ireland Assembly election has begun. Michelle McIlveen, DUP pictured after being elected, reaching the quota for election on the first count.  
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-05-2016: NI Assembly election: North Down & Strangford counts in Aurora Leisure Complex in Bangor. The process of counting votes in the Northern Ireland Assembly election has begun. Michelle McIlveen, DUP pictured after being elected, reaching the quota for election on the first count. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-05-2016: NI Assembly election: North Down & Strangford counts in Aurora Leisure Complex in Bangor.
The process of counting votes in the Northern Ireland Assembly election has begun. UUP's Mike Nesbitt pictured after being elected, reaching the quota for election on the first count.  
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-05-2016: NI Assembly election: North Down & Strangford counts in Aurora Leisure Complex in Bangor. The process of counting votes in the Northern Ireland Assembly election has begun. UUP's Mike Nesbitt pictured after being elected, reaching the quota for election on the first count. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-05-2016: NI Assembly election: North Down & Strangford counts in Aurora Leisure Complex in Bangor.
The process of counting votes in the Northern Ireland Assembly election has begun. UUP's Mike Nesbitt pictured after being elected, reaching the quota for election on the first count.  
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-05-2016: NI Assembly election: North Down & Strangford counts in Aurora Leisure Complex in Bangor. The process of counting votes in the Northern Ireland Assembly election has begun. UUP's Mike Nesbitt pictured after being elected, reaching the quota for election on the first count. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-05-2016: NI Assembly election: North Down & Strangford counts in Aurora Leisure Complex in Bangor.
The process of counting votes in the Northern Ireland Assembly election has begun. UUP's Mike Nesbitt pictured after being elected, reaching the quota for election on the first count.  
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-05-2016: NI Assembly election: North Down & Strangford counts in Aurora Leisure Complex in Bangor. The process of counting votes in the Northern Ireland Assembly election has begun. UUP's Mike Nesbitt pictured after being elected, reaching the quota for election on the first count. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th May 2016

Counting begins at the Titanic Convention centre in east Belfast for the North, East, South West constituencies in the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly elections.  DUP candidates for south Belfast Christopher Stalford and Emma Pengelly is congratulated after her quota is announced. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th May 2016 Counting begins at the Titanic Convention centre in east Belfast for the North, East, South West constituencies in the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly elections. DUP candidates for south Belfast Christopher Stalford and Emma Pengelly is congratulated after her quota is announced. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th May 2016

Counting begins at the Titanic Convention centre in east Belfast for the North, East, South West constituencies in the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly elections.  DUP candidate for south Belfast  Emma Pengelly is congratulated after her quota is announced. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th May 2016 Counting begins at the Titanic Convention centre in east Belfast for the North, East, South West constituencies in the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly elections. DUP candidate for south Belfast Emma Pengelly is congratulated after her quota is announced. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Counting begins at the Titanic Convention centre in east Belfast for the North, East, South West constituencies in the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly elections.  Alliance Party's candidate for east Belfast Naomi Long is congratulated after it is announced she has made the quota. 
Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Counting begins at the Titanic Convention centre in east Belfast for the North, East, South West constituencies in the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly elections. Alliance Party's candidate for east Belfast Naomi Long is congratulated after it is announced she has made the quota. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Counting begins at the Titanic Convention centre in east Belfast for the North, East, South West constituencies in the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly elections.  DUP candidate for east Belfast Joanne Bunting(centre) is congratulated after it is announced she has made the quota. 
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Counting begins at the Titanic Convention centre in east Belfast for the North, East, South West constituencies in the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly elections. DUP candidate for east Belfast Joanne Bunting(centre) is congratulated after it is announced she has made the quota. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Counting begins at the Titanic Convention centre in east Belfast for the North, East, South West constituencies in the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly elections.  DUP candidate for east Belfast Joanne Bunting is congratulated after it is announced she has made the quota. 
Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Counting begins at the Titanic Convention centre in east Belfast for the North, East, South West constituencies in the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly elections. DUP candidate for east Belfast Joanne Bunting is congratulated after it is announced she has made the quota. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

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Sinn Fein's Linda Dillon, Michelle O'Neill and Ian Milne celebrate after being elected for Mid-Ulster, at the Ballymena count.

PACEMAKER BELFAST 06/05/2016 Sinn Fein's Linda Dillon, Michelle O'Neill and Ian Milne celebrate after being elected for Mid-Ulster, at the Ballymena count.

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Paul Girvan of the DUP tops the polls in South Antrim. Picture Matt Bohill.

PACEMAKER BELFAST 06/05/2016 Paul Girvan of the DUP tops the polls in South Antrim. Picture Matt Bohill.

PACEMAKER PRESS 06/05/2016.  2016 Northern Ireland Assembly Election.  Votes are counted at Omagh Leisure centre as Voters took to the polls across Northern Ireland. Pictured is DUP party leader Arlene Foster arriving at the count centre in Omagh. PICTURE MARK MARLOW/PACEMAKER PRESS

PACEMAKER PRESS 06/05/2016. 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly Election. Votes are counted at Omagh Leisure centre as Voters took to the polls across Northern Ireland. Pictured is DUP party leader Arlene Foster arriving at the count centre in Omagh. PICTURE MARK MARLOW/PACEMAKER PRESS

PACEMAKER PRESS 06/05/2016.  2016 Northern Ireland Assembly Election.  Votes are counted at Omagh Leisure centre as Voters took to the polls across Northern Ireland. Pictured is DUP party leader Arlene Foster arriving at the count centre in Omagh. PICTURE MARK MARLOW/PACEMAKER PRESS

PACEMAKER PRESS 06/05/2016. 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly Election. Votes are counted at Omagh Leisure centre as Voters took to the polls across Northern Ireland. Pictured is DUP party leader Arlene Foster arriving at the count centre in Omagh. PICTURE MARK MARLOW/PACEMAKER PRESS

Counting begins at the Titanic Convention centre in east Belfast for the North, East, South West constituencies in the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly elections.  DUP candidate for south Belfast Emma Pengelly(second from left) pictured with party colleagues including MP for north Belfast Nigel Dodds(right).
Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Counting begins at the Titanic Convention centre in east Belfast for the North, East, South West constituencies in the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly elections. DUP candidate for south Belfast Emma Pengelly(second from left) pictured with party colleagues including MP for north Belfast Nigel Dodds(right). Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Nichola Mallon, SDLP candidate for Belfast North, at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, where the counting of votes continues in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections.  Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Nichola Mallon, SDLP candidate for Belfast North, at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, where the counting of votes continues in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Emma Little-Pengelly, DUP candidate for Belfast South, at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, where the counting of votes continues in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections.Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Emma Little-Pengelly, DUP candidate for Belfast South, at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, where the counting of votes continues in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections.Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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(left to right) Nelson McCausland, DUP candidate for Belfast North, Diane Dodds, DUP MEP, William Humphrey and Paula Bradley, DUP candidates for Belfast North, Nigel Dodds, DUP MP for North Belfast and Frank McCoubrey, DUP candidate for Belfast West, at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, where the counting of votes continues in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. Liam McBurney/PA Wire

(left to right) Nelson McCausland, DUP candidate for Belfast North, Diane Dodds, DUP MEP, William Humphrey and Paula Bradley, DUP candidates for Belfast North, Nigel Dodds, DUP MP for North Belfast and Frank McCoubrey, DUP candidate for Belfast West, at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, where the counting of votes continues in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Bundes of ballot papers for Anna McCloskey, Independent Party candidate, Martin McGuinness and Meave McLaughlin, Sinn Fein candidates, as the counting of votes continues at the Foyle Arena in Londonderry in the Foyle and East Londonderry constituencies in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. Niall Carson/PA Wire

Bundes of ballot papers for Anna McCloskey, Independent Party candidate, Martin McGuinness and Meave McLaughlin, Sinn Fein candidates, as the counting of votes continues at the Foyle Arena in Londonderry in the Foyle and East Londonderry constituencies in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. Niall Carson/PA Wire

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Counting of votes continues at the Foyle Arena in Londonderry in the Foyle and East Londonderry constituencies in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections.  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Counting of votes continues at the Foyle Arena in Londonderry in the Foyle and East Londonderry constituencies in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. Niall Carson/PA Wire

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Bundles of ballot papers are placed beside each corresponding candidates name, at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, where the counting of votes continues in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Bundles of ballot papers are placed beside each corresponding candidates name, at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, where the counting of votes continues in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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People Before Profit Alliance candidates Gerry Carroll for Belfast West and Fiona Ferguson for Belfast North, chat at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, where the counting of votes continues in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections.  Liam McBurney/PA Wire

People Before Profit Alliance candidates Gerry Carroll for Belfast West and Fiona Ferguson for Belfast North, chat at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, where the counting of votes continues in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Fra McCann, Sinn Fein candidate for Belfast West, at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, where the counting of votes continues in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Fra McCann, Sinn Fein candidate for Belfast West, at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, where the counting of votes continues in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Jim Wells arrives at the Lesiure Plex in Lisburn and is refused entry because he does not have photographic ID with him. He is delayed for a short time before he is admitted to the centre.
The count gets under way at Lisburn Leisure Plex count centre for Lagan Valley and South Down candidates.
Press Eye - Lagan Valley Count Centre - 6th May 2016
Photograph By Declan Roughan

Jim Wells arrives at the Lesiure Plex in Lisburn and is refused entry because he does not have photographic ID with him. He is delayed for a short time before he is admitted to the centre. The count gets under way at Lisburn Leisure Plex count centre for Lagan Valley and South Down candidates. Press Eye - Lagan Valley Count Centre - 6th May 2016 Photograph By Declan Roughan

Jim Wells arrives at the Lesiure Plex in Lisburn and is refused entry because he does not have photographic ID with him. He is delayed for a short time before he is admitted to the centre.
The count gets under way at Lisburn Leisure Plex count centre for Lagan Valley and South Down candidates.
Press Eye - Lagan Valley Count Centre - 6th May 2016
Photograph By Declan Roughan

Jim Wells arrives at the Lesiure Plex in Lisburn and is refused entry because he does not have photographic ID with him. He is delayed for a short time before he is admitted to the centre. The count gets under way at Lisburn Leisure Plex count centre for Lagan Valley and South Down candidates. Press Eye - Lagan Valley Count Centre - 6th May 2016 Photograph By Declan Roughan

Jim Wells arrives at the Lesiure Plex in Lisburn and is refused entry because he does not have photographic ID with him. He is delayed for a short time before he is admitted to the centre.
The count gets under way at Lisburn Leisure Plex count centre for Lagan Valley and South Down candidates.
Press Eye - Lagan Valley Count Centre - 6th May 2016
Photograph By Declan Roughan

Jim Wells arrives at the Lesiure Plex in Lisburn and is refused entry because he does not have photographic ID with him. He is delayed for a short time before he is admitted to the centre. The count gets under way at Lisburn Leisure Plex count centre for Lagan Valley and South Down candidates. Press Eye - Lagan Valley Count Centre - 6th May 2016 Photograph By Declan Roughan

Counting begins at the Titanic Convention centre in east Belfast for the North, East, South West constituencies.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th May 2016
Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Counting begins at the Titanic Convention centre in east Belfast for the North, East, South West constituencies. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th May 2016 Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

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Northern Ireland Assembly elections
Counting underway at the Banbrige count centre

PACEMAKER BELFAST 06/05/2016 Northern Ireland Assembly elections Counting underway at the Banbrige count centre

A count supervisor sorts voting papers at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast, after elections to decide the make-up of the next Stormont Assembly. Liam McBurney/PA Wire

A count supervisor sorts voting papers at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast, after elections to decide the make-up of the next Stormont Assembly. Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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A volunteer counts ballot papers at the counting centre at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast, after elections to decide the make-up of the next Stormont Assembly. Liam McBurney/PA Wire

A volunteer counts ballot papers at the counting centre at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast, after elections to decide the make-up of the next Stormont Assembly. Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Volunteers empty a ballot box in the counting centre at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast

Volunteers empty a ballot box in the counting centre at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast

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Northern Ireland Assembly elections
Counting underway at the Banbrige count centre

PACEMAKER BELFAST 06/05/2016 Northern Ireland Assembly elections Counting underway at the Banbrige count centre

PACEMAKER BELFAST  06/05/2016
Northern Ireland Assembly elections
Counting underway at the Banbrige count centre

PACEMAKER BELFAST 06/05/2016 Northern Ireland Assembly elections Counting underway at the Banbrige count centre

PACEMAKER BELFAST  06/05/2016
Northern Ireland Assembly elections
Counting underway at the Banbrige count centre

PACEMAKER BELFAST 06/05/2016 Northern Ireland Assembly elections Counting underway at the Banbrige count centre

PACEMAKER BELFAST  06/05/2016
Northern Ireland Assembly elections
Counting underway at the Banbrige count centre

PACEMAKER BELFAST 06/05/2016 Northern Ireland Assembly elections Counting underway at the Banbrige count centre

PACEMAKER BELFAST  06/05/2016
Northern Ireland Assembly elections
Counting underway at the Banbrige count centre

PACEMAKER BELFAST 06/05/2016 Northern Ireland Assembly elections Counting underway at the Banbrige count centre

PACEMAKER BELFAST  06/05/2016 Ballot boxes for the Foyle Constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly election are opened at the count centre in the Foyle Arena.

PACEMAKER BELFAST 06/05/2016 Ballot boxes for the Foyle Constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly election are opened at the count centre in the Foyle Arena.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-05-2016: NI Assembly election: East & South Antrim count at Valley Leisure Centre Glengormley.
The process of counting votes in the Northern Ireland Assembly election has begun. Two hundred and seventy-six candidates are competing for 108 seats across Northern Ireland's 18 constituencies. The votes first have to be verified - checking that the same number of papers are inside the ballot boxes as those given out by polling station staff.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-05-2016: NI Assembly election: East & South Antrim count at Valley Leisure Centre Glengormley. The process of counting votes in the Northern Ireland Assembly election has begun. Two hundred and seventy-six candidates are competing for 108 seats across Northern Ireland's 18 constituencies. The votes first have to be verified - checking that the same number of papers are inside the ballot boxes as those given out by polling station staff. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-05-2016: NI Assembly election: East & South Antrim count at Valley Leisure Centre Glengormley.
The process of counting votes in the Northern Ireland Assembly election has begun. Two hundred and seventy-six candidates are competing for 108 seats across Northern Ireland's 18 constituencies. The votes first have to be verified - checking that the same number of papers are inside the ballot boxes as those given out by polling station staff.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-05-2016: NI Assembly election: East & South Antrim count at Valley Leisure Centre Glengormley. The process of counting votes in the Northern Ireland Assembly election has begun. Two hundred and seventy-six candidates are competing for 108 seats across Northern Ireland's 18 constituencies. The votes first have to be verified - checking that the same number of papers are inside the ballot boxes as those given out by polling station staff. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-05-2016: NI Assembly election: East & South Antrim count at Valley Leisure Centre Glengormley.
The process of counting votes in the Northern Ireland Assembly election has begun. Two hundred and seventy-six candidates are competing for 108 seats across Northern Ireland's 18 constituencies. The votes first have to be verified - checking that the same number of papers are inside the ballot boxes as those given out by polling station staff.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-05-2016: NI Assembly election: East & South Antrim count at Valley Leisure Centre Glengormley. The process of counting votes in the Northern Ireland Assembly election has begun. Two hundred and seventy-six candidates are competing for 108 seats across Northern Ireland's 18 constituencies. The votes first have to be verified - checking that the same number of papers are inside the ballot boxes as those given out by polling station staff. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-05-2016: NI Assembly election: East & South Antrim count at Valley Leisure Centre Glengormley.
The process of counting votes in the Northern Ireland Assembly election has begun. Two hundred and seventy-six candidates are competing for 108 seats across Northern Ireland's 18 constituencies. The votes first have to be verified - checking that the same number of papers are inside the ballot boxes as those given out by polling station staff.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-05-2016: NI Assembly election: East & South Antrim count at Valley Leisure Centre Glengormley. The process of counting votes in the Northern Ireland Assembly election has begun. Two hundred and seventy-six candidates are competing for 108 seats across Northern Ireland's 18 constituencies. The votes first have to be verified - checking that the same number of papers are inside the ballot boxes as those given out by polling station staff. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-05-2016: NI Assembly election: East & South Antrim count at Vally Leisure Centre Glengormley.
The process of counting votes in the Northern Ireland Assembly election has begun. Two hundred and seventy-six candidates are competing for 108 seats across Northern Ireland's 18 constituencies. The votes first have to be verified - checking that the same number of papers are inside the ballot boxes as those given out by polling station staff.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 06-05-2016: NI Assembly election: East & South Antrim count at Vally Leisure Centre Glengormley. The process of counting votes in the Northern Ireland Assembly election has begun. Two hundred and seventy-six candidates are competing for 108 seats across Northern Ireland's 18 constituencies. The votes first have to be verified - checking that the same number of papers are inside the ballot boxes as those given out by polling station staff. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Counting begins at the Titanic Convention centre in east Belfast for the North, East, South West constituencies.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th May 2016
Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Counting begins at the Titanic Convention centre in east Belfast for the North, East, South West constituencies. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th May 2016 Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Counting begins at the Titanic Convention centre in east Belfast for the North, East, South West constituencies.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th May 2016
Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Counting begins at the Titanic Convention centre in east Belfast for the North, East, South West constituencies. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th May 2016 Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

The count gets under way at Lisburn Leisure Plex count centre for Lagan Valley and South Down candidates.

The count gets under way at Lisburn Leisure Plex count centre for Lagan Valley and South Down candidates.

The count gets under way at Lisburn Leisure Plex count centre for Lagan Valley and South Down candidates.
Press Eye - Lagan Valley Count Centre - 6th May 2016
Photograph By Declan Roughan

The count gets under way at Lisburn Leisure Plex count centre for Lagan Valley and South Down candidates. Press Eye - Lagan Valley Count Centre - 6th May 2016 Photograph By Declan Roughan

The count gets under way at Lisburn Leisure Plex count centre for Lagan Valley and South Down candidates.
Press Eye - Lagan Valley Count Centre - 6th May 2016
Photograph By Declan Roughan

The count gets under way at Lisburn Leisure Plex count centre for Lagan Valley and South Down candidates. Press Eye - Lagan Valley Count Centre - 6th May 2016 Photograph By Declan Roughan

The count gets under way at Lisburn Leisure Plex count centre for Lagan Valley and South Down candidates.
Press Eye - Lagan Valley Count Centre - 6th May 2016
Photograph By Declan Roughan

The count gets under way at Lisburn Leisure Plex count centre for Lagan Valley and South Down candidates. Press Eye - Lagan Valley Count Centre - 6th May 2016 Photograph By Declan Roughan

Pacemaker Press Belfast 05-05-2016: NI Assembly election:
Voters are heading to polls across Northern Ireland to cast their vote for the Assembly elections.  Alliance Party leader David Ford pictured at Second Donegore Presbyterian Church, polling station in Co. Antrim  after casting his vote.
Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 05-05-2016: NI Assembly election: Voters are heading to polls across Northern Ireland to cast their vote for the Assembly elections. Alliance Party leader David Ford pictured at Second Donegore Presbyterian Church, polling station in Co. Antrim after casting his vote. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Sinn Fein supporters holding sample ballot sheets, showing people how to vote, camped outside St Teresa's Polling Station in West Belfast

Sinn Fein supporters holding sample ballot sheets, showing people how to vote, camped outside St Teresa's Polling Station in West Belfast

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Sinn Fein supporters holding sample ballot sheets, showing people how to vote, outside St Teresa's Polling Station in West Belfast

Sinn Fein supporters holding sample ballot sheets, showing people how to vote, outside St Teresa's Polling Station in West Belfast

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Pacemaker press 05/05/2016 UUP Leader Mike Nesbitt arrives  with his wife Lynda at Gilnahirk Primary School to make his vote on Polling day. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 05/05/2016 UUP Leader Mike Nesbitt arrives with his wife Lynda at Gilnahirk Primary School to make his vote on Polling day. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 05/05/2016 UUP Leader Mike Nesbitt with his wife Lynda at Gilnahirk Primary School to make his vote on Polling day. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 05/05/2016 UUP Leader Mike Nesbitt with his wife Lynda at Gilnahirk Primary School to make his vote on Polling day. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

DUP Leader, Arlene Foster, arriving with councillor Paul Robinson and friend Rhona McMahon at Brookeborough Controlled Primary School to cast her vote in today's  Assembly Election.

DUP Leader, Arlene Foster, arriving with councillor Paul Robinson and friend Rhona McMahon at Brookeborough Controlled Primary School to cast her vote in today's Assembly Election.

DUP Leader, Arlene Foster, speaks to a local resident after arriving at Brookeborough Controlled Primary School to cast her vote in today's  Assembly Election.

DUP Leader, Arlene Foster, speaks to a local resident after arriving at Brookeborough Controlled Primary School to cast her vote in today's Assembly Election.

Voters take to the polls across Northern Ireland as voting begins in the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly Election. Voters cast their vote in polling stations around Belfast. Pictured are canvassers outside Welcome evangelical church in the Woodvale area of West Belfast.   picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Voters take to the polls across Northern Ireland as voting begins in the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly Election. Voters cast their vote in polling stations around Belfast. Pictured are canvassers outside Welcome evangelical church in the Woodvale area of West Belfast. picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 05/05/2016 Voters take to the polls across Northern Ireland as voting begins in the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly Election. Voters cast their vote at Holy Trinity Primary School n West Belfast. Pictured is West Belfast's Sinn Fein number 1 candidate Pat Sheehan with a young one direction fan. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 05/05/2016 Voters take to the polls across Northern Ireland as voting begins in the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly Election. Voters cast their vote at Holy Trinity Primary School n West Belfast. Pictured is West Belfast's Sinn Fein number 1 candidate Pat Sheehan with a young one direction fan. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 05/05/2016 Voters take to the polls across Northern Ireland as voting begins in the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly Election. Voters cast their vote in polling stations around Belfast.   picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 05/05/2016 Voters take to the polls across Northern Ireland as voting begins in the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly Election. Voters cast their vote in polling stations around Belfast. picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 05/05/2016 Voters take to the polls across Northern Ireland as voting begins in the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly Election. Voters cast their vote in polling stations around Belfast. Pictured are canvassers outside Welcome evangelical church in the Woodvale area of West Belfast.   picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 05/05/2016 Voters take to the polls across Northern Ireland as voting begins in the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly Election. Voters cast their vote in polling stations around Belfast. Pictured are canvassers outside Welcome evangelical church in the Woodvale area of West Belfast. picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 05/05/2016 Voters take to the polls across Northern Ireland as voting begins in the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly Election. Voters cast their vote in polling stations around Belfast. Pictured is DUP cllr Brian Kingston [left] outside Edenbrooke ps.  picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 05/05/2016 Voters take to the polls across Northern Ireland as voting begins in the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly Election. Voters cast their vote in polling stations around Belfast. Pictured is DUP cllr Brian Kingston [left] outside Edenbrooke ps. picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 05/05/2016 Voters take to the polls across Northern Ireland as voting begins in the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly Election. Voters cast their vote in polling stations around Belfast.   picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 05/05/2016 Voters take to the polls across Northern Ireland as voting begins in the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly Election. Voters cast their vote in polling stations around Belfast. picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood and his wife Rachel with baby Rosa arrive to cast their vote at the Model Primary School in Derry on Thursday morning for the NI Local Assembly Elections. Picture Margaret McLaughlin © please by-line 5-5-16

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood and his wife Rachel with baby Rosa arrive to cast their vote at the Model Primary School in Derry on Thursday morning for the NI Local Assembly Elections. Picture Margaret McLaughlin © please by-line 5-5-16

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and fellow candidates Maeve McLaughlin and Raymond McCartney arrive to cast their vote at the Model Primary School in Derry on Thursday morning for the NI Local Assembly Elections. Supported by Mitchel McLaughlin and Martina Anderson MEP. Picture Margaret McLaughlin © please by-line 5-5-16

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and fellow candidates Maeve McLaughlin and Raymond McCartney arrive to cast their vote at the Model Primary School in Derry on Thursday morning for the NI Local Assembly Elections. Supported by Mitchel McLaughlin and Martina Anderson MEP. Picture Margaret McLaughlin © please by-line 5-5-16

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood's wife Rachel with baby Rosa arrive to cast their vote at the Model Primary School in Derry on Thursday morning for the NI Local Assembly Elections. With Mark Durkan MP and former SDLP leader. Picture Margaret McLaughlin © please by-line 5-5-16

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood's wife Rachel with baby Rosa arrive to cast their vote at the Model Primary School in Derry on Thursday morning for the NI Local Assembly Elections. With Mark Durkan MP and former SDLP leader. Picture Margaret McLaughlin © please by-line 5-5-16

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th May 2016

Voters take to the polls across Northern Ireland as voting begins in the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly Election.  Voters cast their vote at St. Teresa's Primary School Polling Station in west Belfast. 


Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th May 2016 Voters take to the polls across Northern Ireland as voting begins in the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly Election. Voters cast their vote at St. Teresa's Primary School Polling Station in west Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Election candidates Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Raymond McCartney and Maeve McLaughlin after casting their vote at the Model Primary School in Derry on Thursday morning for the NI Local Assembly Elections. Picture Margaret McLaughlin © please by-line 5-5-16

Election candidates Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Raymond McCartney and Maeve McLaughlin after casting their vote at the Model Primary School in Derry on Thursday morning for the NI Local Assembly Elections. Picture Margaret McLaughlin © please by-line 5-5-16

@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 6th May 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Ulster Unionist Leader Mike Nesbitt success on the first count for Strangford for the Assembly Elections at the Aurora Leisure Centre, Bangor. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

Voter turn-out at a glance as thousands of votes are counted across Northern Ireland.

Public participation has been steadily dropping from the 70% figure in 1998 through 63% in 2003, 62% in 2007 and just 54% at the last election in 2011.

The Belfast Telegraph's polling partner, LucidTalk, has predicted the turnout could be lower this time, but not under the 50% threshold.

Follow our live updates throughout the weekend:

Voter turnout 2016

The Overall turnout

Voters polled - 703,744 - turnout 54.91%

Turnout by constituency

Belfast East constituency - voters polled 37.623 - turnout 57.23%

North Down constituency - voters polled 32.597 - turnout 49.57%

Strangford constituency - voters polled 33,014 -turnout 50.25%

East Londonderry constituency- voters polled 34.848 - turnout 50.79%

South Antrim constituency - voters polled 35,544 - turnout 51.01%

East Antrim constituency - voters polled 32,744 - turnout 51.01%

Belfast West constituency - voters polled 36,990 - turnout 57.80%

Foyle constituency - voters polled 40,187 - turnout 56.00%

Mid Ulster constituency - voters polled 41,381 - turnout 58.75%

Belfast North constituency -voters polled 37,193 - turnout 52.48%

North Antrim constituency - voters polled 41,464 - voters polled 52.93%

Belfast South constituency - voters polled 37,147 turnout 54.25%

West Tyrone constituency - voters polled 39,325 - turnout 59.86%

Fermanagh and South Tyrone - voters polled 47,934 - turnout 64.55%

Lagan Valley constituency - voters polled 39,227 - turnout 53.19%

South Down constituency - voters polled 41,645 - turnout 53.80%

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