NI Local Government: results at a glance

As Nicholas said, “This is an election with few dramatic changes.”

But, for the record, here are the %s of all the first preference votes from the Northern Ireland Local Government elections. [Updated 462 of 462 seats allocated]

Party 1st Pref. +/-*  Seats

   DUP  23.1%  -4.1%  130
   SF  24.1%  -0.7%  105
   UUP  16.1%  +0.9%  88
   SDLP  13.6%  -1.4%  66
   Others  16.5%  +6.1%  41
   Alliance  6.7%  -0.7%  32

*Comparison with First Preference Share in 2011

What drama there is would seem to be focused on the apparent rise of the “others” – including, but not exclusively, the TUV, and the Independent republicans.

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  • itsashocker

    Why the discrepancy between % of vote and number of seats?

  • Reader

    itsashocker: Why the discrepancy between % of vote and number of seats?
    You’re only looking at first preference votes. Taking into account transfers, and different ratios of voters to councillors in different councils, the real relationship will be much more proportional.

  • itsashocker

    Reader: Does that mean that the DUP are a more attractive 2nd preference among the unionist electorate then SF are in the nationalist community?

  • Mick Fealty

    Because SF only pick fights they are pretty sure they can win in one or two cycles… then commit resources. They don’t gamble much. Whereas the DUP has to gamble because Unionism is much more internally competitive.

  • Reader

    itsashocker: Reader: Does that mean that the DUP are a more attractive 2nd preference among the unionist electorate then SF are in the nationalist community?
    The DUP picks up 3rd, 4th and 5th choices too. Not from me; but plenty of people will vote down the line for unionist parties. Whenever SF smiled as a UUP, TUV, PUP, UKIP or even NI21 candidate was eliminated, a few more votes found their way to the DUP.

  • Framer

    What were the respective turnouts and numbers of votes cast?
    Why is the BBC results website so awful?
    Which intern thinks the phrase is ‘turn-up’ not turnout?

  • Reader

    Framer, start here, and click on one of the areas on the map:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/events/vote2014/ni-council-election-results
    That takes you to a page for that council.
    Then click on the text saying “Detailed results for […]”
    That takes you to another page with the DEA results, each of which has another link “[…] full details”. The “Count” and “Stage” layout is a bit confusing, but the transfer data is there.

  • Mainland Ulsterman

    Yup, SF do well on 1st preference but as you would expect with a party that was involved in mass killing and mutilations that affected large proportions of the electorate, not so well on 2nd prefs and below. So,to put it mildly, 1st prefs over-state their overall popularity.

    And yes, though DUP are a bit Marmite too, it’s on a different scale than SF so they can pick up 2nd and 3rd prefs much more easily. Schoolboy error really from the Shinners, launching that 30 year campaign of violence. I told them they’d regret it …

  • Zeno

    “The turnout has already been established at 51.84%. Of an eligible electorate of 1,226,771, there were 635,927 votes polled.”

    Those are for the Euro elections.
    If the Council elections were mush the same then there must have been over 15,000 spoiled or void votes?

  • Mainland Ulsterman

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