Northern Ireland Election 2016

NI Assembly election: Polls close across Northern Ireland

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Polling stations have closed across Northern Ireland for the 2016 Assembly election.

Two hundred and seventy-six candidates are competing for 108 seats across Northern Ireland's 18 constituencies.

Polling stations opened at 07:00 BST and closed at 22:00 BST in the proportional representation election.

Depending on the constituency, as many as 18 or as few as 12 candidates are contesting the six assembly member posts.

Counting in the election will begin on Friday morning.

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Image caption DUP leader Arlene Foster voted in the village of Brookeborough in County Fermanagh
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Image caption Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness cast his vote in Londonderry
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Image caption Ulster Unionist Mike Nesbitt leaves with his wife Lynda after casting his vote at an east Belfast primary school
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Image caption SDLP leader Colum Eastwood at his polling station in Derry, along with his wife Rachael and daughter Rosa
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Image caption Alliance Party leader David Ford voted at a church in Antrim

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