Northern Ireland should not be facing an election at this stage because there was still much work for the current Assembly to do.
That was the view of UUP MLA Robin Swann who is seeking re-election for the party in North Antrim.
Speaking on the last day of the current Assembly at Stormont on Wednesday, he said: "I am disappointed that we are facing an election at this stage.
"There was still a lot of work for this Assembly to do, our health and education services have crashed and our infrastructure is under severe pressure.
"But now that we are faced with an election we are hoping to see change and the electorate catch on to the last 10 years when the DUP and Sinn Fein have failed to deliver for the people of Northern Ireland."