#ae11 Count Day Liveblog

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  • Sean Og

    Am I right in thinking that the first results won’t be announced until around 2.00pm? Which constituency will be first?

  • Mick Fealty

    Good question. Not sure. But the count centres are counting exactly concurrently. In Newtownards for instance it’s #ndo11, then #strg11 and only then #bele11

  • Nordie Northsider

    The BBC were giving 4.pm for the first results.

  • Flow

    It depends on how many constituencies are being counted at each centre. Mick is right re: Newtownards. I think they are allowing max 2 hours for validation of each area, starting at 8 am ND first, then Strangford, then East Belfast. If we account for lunch break etc, it will probably be after 2pm before counting starts for North Down.

    Count centres with only two constituencies will start counting earlier, and therefore likely to be returning results earlier.

  • Comrade Stalin

    Guys, don’t forget the referendum; I believe that count is being done first, the assembly count will probably not start until after lunch. First count results may be expected around teatime, and from there you will have a fairly good idea of whether things are unfolding as predicted or not. Council election count will probably not be properly underway until next week.

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    The sample papers we handed out to voters outside the polling stations were worth their weight in gold.

  • sdelaneys

    Assembly is first count followed by referendum with council having to wait to Monday.

  • oracle

    “The sample papers we handed out to voters outside the polling stations were worth their weight in gold.”

    Bet the flooding of the glen road gates of Oliver Plunkett and the Lenadoon community centres must have been worth their weight in gold also…..the only thing missing were balaclavas and cudgels

    SF must have been scared of McCotter polling enough to embarrass them so they called out the Heavy brigade for the Lenadoon area.

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    “Bet the flooding of the glen road gates of Oliver Plunkett and the Lenadoon community centres must have been worth their weight in gold also…..the only thing missing were balaclavas and cudgels

    SF must have been scared of McCotter polling enough to embarrass them so they called out the Heavy brigade for the Lenadoon area.”

    Absolutely and after a two week dry spell we arranged for it to rain on election day to ensure that we could take advantage of the fact that only committed voters come out in the face of SF arranged wet weather.

  • oracle

    That wasn’t rain Pat….

    That was the tears of the Louth voter who just realised what they had elected Gerry the Fib

  • “The sample papers we handed out”

    Do post one, Pat. All that glitters is not gold!

  • North down looks like 3 DUP. 1 alliance. 1 uup. A fight between the rest for the last one. Agnew polled well and would be my favourite for the last. Uup vote has collapsed.

  • perseus

    oracle quit trolling will ya!
    who is going to be 1st out of the blocks to declare?

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    Probably East Antrim.

  • North down haven’t started to count yet, they have started to verify E Belfast. Could be here forever!

  • Nordie Northsider

    Was listening to a Raidió na Gaeltachta journo reporting from Omagh. He couldn’t believe how few counting staff there were.

  • youngpolitico

    This is top secret… but I’ll tell you guys and gals…

    Word on the street is… Martin McGuinness has won Mid Ulster.

    🙂 Remember you heard it here first lol

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    “This is top secret… but I’ll tell you guys and gals…

    Word on the street is… Martin McGuinness has won Mid Ulster.

    Remember you heard it here first lol”

    I find that hard to believe, I thought his vote would have collapsed after some aspiring council candidate failed to shake his hand..

  • JR

    I wonder how clever Tom Elliot feels now after bussing in all his support to gain the leadership of the UUP.

  • RepublicanStones

    According to radio Ulster – Dawn Purvis denied access to count because she had no ID

  • badger 3336

    Henry Reilly to get John McCallister over the line in South Down

  • The Raven

    Just hearing MMcG giving reasons for low turnout. The one which made me laugh out loud is “people are broadly content with the way we are running the place.”

    Unbelievable. Blind faith in one’s own limited abilities.

  • Framer

    Media and blogosphere will hound UUP relentlessly so early stories of failure should be taken with a pinch of salt. Alliance particularly good at spinning optimism.

  • Greenflag

    A low turnout 🙁 Maybe just as well this time or it would be mid week before the results are all in.

  • Rory Carr

    Well, Raven, I happen to think that McGuiness’s assessment was pretty spot-on. But in any case we will be able to judge just how broad that contentment really is when we see the final results.

    Won’t we ?

    Then it will be a case of having faith in the electorate’s abiliity to discern whether or not they are “..content with the way we [DUP/SF] are running the place” or whether they felt that SDLP/UUP would do a better job. But I have a sneaking suspicion that we both know the answer to that already. N’est ce pas?

  • Dewi

    Rory…ustch,, (how do you say that in English?) – let;s see what blasted happens…

  • The Raven

    @Rory

    Perhaps I should have included what he said about the weather too. I assume we’re broadly content with that too…?

    You aren’t far from putting words into my mouth with what you’ve said, but I don’t really think that that statement from Marty *really* represents why potentially over 150,000 people who didn’t show up. Some box figures collected by mates posted on another page showed some turnout in local “P/U/L” areas as low as 43% up where I am.

    They say on the cat’s whiskers there, that the Ulster Unionist vote “just didn’t turn out”. I would prefer to say that a “broader unionist” vote didn’t turn out. And haven’t been turning out. And won’t be turning out. I refer to something I wrote here

    It’s all about choice, Rory. And while I would never take the credit away from the DUPes and Shinners for their vote management, all great empires pass away.

    “N’est-ce pas?”

  • Comrade Stalin

    Framer, if you want the UUP to fail then blaming the media, rather than the party’s incompetent campaign management and conflicting policy platform, is the way to go.

    I suspect the low turnout stats are probably SDLP and UUP voters who have become disillusioned – but we’ll know for sure when the results come out.

    There’s a good chance Alliance will add three seats. I’m watching North Belfast carefully.

  • sdelaneys

    The Raven , ‘Just hearing MMcG giving reasons for low turnout. The one which made me laugh out loud is “people are broadly content with the way we are running the place.” ‘

    I love it, the logic would be that we should look forward to the day when nobody votes at all if less is better.

  • “Low turn-out”?

    Surely what is happening is that NI is regressing to UK (and RoI) norms for “local” elections.

    Seems like a win-win situation, if depressingly so.

  • Henry94

    If you vote you only get six representatives but if you don’t everybody wants to speak for you.