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  1. DUP marginally largest party by one seat
  2. Sinn Féin has increased its vote, taking 27 seats
  3. Biggest casualty is UUP leader Mike Nesbitt who announces resignation
  4. Turnout is the highest in assembly poll since the vote which followed the 1998 Good Friday Agreement
  5. Overall turnout is 64.8% - up from 54.9% last year

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That's all folks, goodnight

NI Assembly election

Well it's been a long, but very exciting, day here on our election results live page. All 90 seats have now been filled.



There'll be another live page tomorrow with a round-up of reaction from 09:00. Meantime, we're off to get some well-deserved sleep. Goodnight. 💤😴

Breaking their own record

Belfast South

May 2016 declaration was at 02:14am, March 2017 ??


Little bit of history

It's amazing what you find in the newsroom in the wee small hours...when you are trying to stay awake.

Assembly bible

Emma Little Pengelly has been eliminated

Belfast South

Emma Little Pengelly

And then there were two

Belfast South

So, it's down to the last two seats and there's three contenders: Christopher Stalford, DUP, Claire Bailey of the Green Party and Ulster Unionist Michael Henderson.

Here's your East Londonderry line-up

East Londonderry


Four seats still up for grabs

Belfast South, East Londonderry

Right, we're nearly there. We're just waiting for two seats in South Belfast and two in East Londonderry. Come on!!!


Well, did anyone get a full house?

NI Assembly election

Were you playing along with our election bingo? It was just a little bit of fun.

Election bingo card

The resurrection man?

East Londonderry

John Dallat of the SDLP says he doesn't mind being called "Lazarus" if it means being successful in a nail-biting finish in East Londonderry.

John Dallat

"I feel very honoured that people across the community voted for me either in first preference or in transfers and I'll certainly be striving to represent them all," he said.

Three still in the fight for the leafy suburbs

South Belfast

Our reporter David Maxwells says Clare Bailey (Greens), Emma Pengelly and Christopher Stalford are still in the running in South Belfast.

David Maxwell

Is it all getting too much for our commentators?

They'll be glad to hear that's it for the TV coverage.

But don't worry, we're here until the bitter end!

Political commentators

Exit, stage left


The veteran socialist Eamonn McCann is the latest casualty of the “election that no one wanted”, says BBC Radio Foyle's Gerry Bradley. The 73-year-old People Before Profit MLA lost his seat to the DUP’s Gary Middleton after a marathon count.

Eamonn McCann

Meanwhile, in an emotional victory speech, Elisha McCallion paid tribute to Martin McGuinness who left front-line politics due to a serious illness.

'It's not a good night for the DUP'

The DUP MLA Edwin Poots says: "Of course, it's not a good night for the DUP". 

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The Lagan Valley assembly man has also accused the BBC of bias and of putting out "fake news".