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Summary

  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.

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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. 💤😴

The last line-up for #AE17

Belfast South

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That's it!

Belfast South

Clare Bailey wins the last seat in the 2017 Northern Ireland Assembly election.


          Clare Bailey wins final seat in S Belfast and #ae17 #allovernow

Clare Bailey wins final seat in S Belfast and #ae17 #allovernow

Breaking their own record

Belfast South

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

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Ulster Unionists or Greens for final seat?

Belfast South


          Ok.Stalford just elected. 50/50 between me & uup for the final seat of the #AE17 election - who's #awake4bailey

Ok.Stalford just elected. 50/50 between me & uup for the final seat of the #AE17 election - who's #awake4bailey

He can joke about it now...

East Londonderry

Who will clinch the 90th seat?

Belfast South

And then there were two. South Belfast's fifth seat is the 90th & final seat to be declared. It's between @GreenPartyNI & @uuponline #AE17

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
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We're still waiting ...

Belfast South

Christopher Stalford retains seat

Belfast South


          Christopher Stalford: I've managed to maintain 1 DUP seat in S Bel. Still no official declaration he's elected #AE17

Christopher Stalford: I've managed to maintain 1 DUP seat in S Bel. Still no official declaration he's elected #AE17

Titanic Centre in the wee hours

Belfast South

Emma Little Pengelly has been eliminated

Belfast South

Emma Little Pengelly
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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.

Claire's still got sense of humour - after 17 hours of counting

Belfast South

Emma Little-Pengelly concedes defeat

Belfast South

I fought to the last!! Just 2 left standing -looks like I will just be a few votes short. Thanks to those who voted! Adios! 😀👍💕 over & out

Here's your East Londonderry line-up

East Londonderry

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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!!!

Stormont
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Belfast East count comes to a close

Belfast East

The East Belfast MLAs
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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
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Emma Little-Pengelly not feeling confident

Belfast South

The former speaker keeps his seat

Belfast East

We're glad we've got some company :)

Journalism never sleeps (we know all too well)

East Belfast; South Belfast

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
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"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.

The other Paisley brother speaks out

It's the final countdown

NI Assembly election

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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
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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
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Exit, stage left

Foyle

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

Net gain for SDLP

It's been a long day!

Getting a bit giddy guys?

'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". 

The final Foyle five

Foyle

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Battling on - in Belfast

Belfast East