Ten battle for three European seats
Ten candidates are in the battle for Northern Ireland's three seats in the European Parliament.
More than 900 people are chasing 462 council seats in 11 new enlarged electoral districts with extra powers including planning and economic development.
Polling stations opened this morning for the European and local government elections, closing at 10pm.
Results from the European elections will emerge after all EU countries have voted and a central count completed on Monday. The outcome of the local government polls should be decided by Saturday.
The voting system involves proportional representation, entailing the ordering of candidates according to individual preferences.
The council elections are taking place amid the biggest reform of local government in decades.
The existing 26 local councils are being reorganised into 11 larger "super councils". After the poll, the new councils will operate in shadow form for a 10-month period, before officially replacing the current councils on April 1 2015.