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EU Election 2019

More than half of Northern Ireland voters did not take part in European Election

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Less than half of those eligible to vote in the European Election in Northern Ireland used their vote, it has been revealed.

The Electoral Office for Northern Ireland announced on Friday night that the turnout for the election was just 45.14%.

A total of 1,278,951 people were eligible to vote.

This meant that more than half of those able to vote in Northern Ireland did not take part in the election despite the enormity of how Brexit will impact the region. 

The turnout for the last European election was 51.8% and the turnout for this month's local government elections was 52.7%.

Eleven candidates stood to serve in the European Parliament in Brussels and Strasbourg amid uncertainty over Brexit and political turmoil at Westminster.

Sinn Fein's Martina Anderson, DUP's Diane Dodds, UUP's Danny Kennedy, Alliance's Naomi Long, SDLP's Colum Eastwood, TUV's Jim Allister, Green Party's Claire Bailey, Conservative Party's Amandeep Bhogal, Robert Hill of Ukip, and independents Neil McCann and Jane Morrice all contested the election in Northern Ireland.

Results are expected on Monday.

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