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EU Election 2019

Watch: Voters head to polls for 2019 European Parliament elections

Voters across Northern Ireland are heading to the polls for a 2019 European Parliament elections.

It is election no one expected to see, with the UK originally due to leave the EU back in March 29.

Brexit fallouts, stalemates and politically wrangling, however, has forced UK voters back to the polls for the second time in less than a month.

With three seats up for grabs, eleven candidates are fighting for a place in the European Parliament.

The seats are currently held by Sinn Fein's Martina Anderson, the DUP's Diane Dodds and the Ulster Unionist's Jim Nicholson, who is not standing again this time round. Danny Kennedy is standing for the Ulster Unionist Party.

While the two seats held by Sinn Fein and the DUP are generally considered safe, the third seat held by the Ulster Unionists is less secure with SDLP's Colum Eastwood, Alliance's Naomi Long and TUV's Jim Allister battling for the final spot.

A total of 1,278,951 people are eligible to vote in Northern Ireland.

SDLP Leader and MEP candidate Colum Eastwood arrives with his wife Rachael and their two daughters to vote in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, as voters head to the polls for the European Parliament election. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 23, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Elections Ulster. Photo credit should read: Aoife Moore/PA Wire
SDLP Leader and MEP candidate Colum Eastwood arrives with his wife Rachael and their two daughters to vote in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, as voters head to the polls for the European Parliament election. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 23, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Elections Ulster. Photo credit should read: Aoife Moore/PA Wire
Boris Johnson leaves his home in London, ahead of the European Parliament elections. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 23, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Election. Photo credit should read: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire
SDLP Leader and MEP candidate Colum Eastwood arrives with his wife Rachael and their two daughters to vote in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, as voters head to the polls for the European Parliament election. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 23, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Elections Ulster. Photo credit should read: Aoife Moore/PA Wire
Scottish Conservative party leader Ruth Davidson after casting her vote in the European Parliamentary election at the polling station in the Wilson Memorial Church Hall, Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 23, 2019. Photo credit should read: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
Handout photo issued by the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) of Ulster Unionist candidate Danny Kennedy (right), as he arrives to cast his vote for the European Parliament elections with his wife and two children (left to right) Philip, Hannah and Karen, at a polling station at Bessbrook primary school in Bessbrook, County Armagh, Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 23, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Elections Ulster. Photo credit should read: Ulster Unionist Party/PA Wire
Handout photo issued by the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) of Ulster Unionist candidate Danny Kennedy, as he arrives to cast his vote for the European Parliament elections with his wife Karen, at a polling station at Bessbrook primary school in Bessbrook, County Armagh, Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 23, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Elections Ulster. Photo credit should read: Ulster Unionist Party/PA Wire
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage arrives to cast his vote for the European Parliament elections at a polling station at the Cudham Church of England Primary School in Biggin Hill, Kent. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 23, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Election. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
Sitting MEP Diane Dodds, with husband Nigel Dodds, arrives at Bannside Presbyterian Church in Banbridge to cast her vote for the European Parliament election. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 23, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Election. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Sitting MEP Diane Dodds, with husband Nigel Dodds, arrives at Bannside Presbyterian Church in Banbridge to cast her vote for the European Parliament election. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 23, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Election. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd May 2019 - Polling stations open across Northern Ireland for the European Election. Northern Ireland can return three candidates tot he European Parliament. Alliance Party leader and EU candidate Naomi Long, and her husband Michael, pictured voting at St. Colmcilles polling station on the Newtownards Road in east Belfast. . Photo by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd May 2019 - Polling stations open across Northern Ireland for the European Election. Northern Ireland can return three candidates tot he European Parliament. Alliance Party leader and EU candidate Naomi Long pictured voting at St. Colmcilles polling station on the Newtownards Road in east Belfast. . Photo by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye.
Sinn Fein MEP candidate Martina Anderson arrives at the Model Primary School in Londonderry to cast cast her vote for the European Parliament election. Credit: PA Wire

The election is decided using the single transferable vote (STV) system, meaning voters pick their candidates by preference: 1,2,3 and so on.

Voters can mark as many or as few preferences on their ballot paper as they like.

We will have full results for when counting begins on Monday on our election hub page here.

Here are the full list of candidates:

  • Alliance Party - Naomi Long
  • Conservative - Amandeep Bhogal
  • Democratic Unionist Party - Diane Dodds
  • Green Party - Clare Bailey
  • Sinn Féin - Martina Anderson
  • SDLP - Colum Eastwood
  • TUV - Jim Allister
  • Ulster Unionist Party - Danny Kennedy
  • UKIP - Robert Hill
  • Independent - Neil McCann
  • Independent - Jane Morrice

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