Northern Ireland

European election: Northern Ireland turnout 45.14%

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Image caption A total of 1,278,951 people were eligible to vote in Northern Ireland

Turnout in Northern Ireland for the 2019 European election was 45.14%, down more than 6% from the 2014 poll.

Voters went to the polls in Northern Ireland on Thursday, with a total of 1,278,951 people eligible to vote.

Eleven candidates are competing to become one of the region's three members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in Brussels and Strasbourg.

Counting to determine the results in Northern Ireland will begin at 08:00 BST on Monday.

The counting of votes in the rest of the UK begins on Sunday night, but does not take place on Sundays in Northern Ireland.

After the polls closed, the 1,463 ballot boxes used in the election were taken to the counting centre at the Meadowbank Sports Arena in Magherafelt, County Londonderry, where the votes were verified on Friday.

The election results cannot be announced until all of the EU nations have voted over the next three days.

Voting in some of the 27 other EU countries does not end until 22:00 BST on Sunday.

The first results in Northern Ireland are expected on Monday.

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Image caption A cyclist passes a polling station in Belfast

BBC News NI will cover the latest results and analysis on its website, mobile app and on Facebook and Twitter throughout Monday.

Television coverage will be on BBC One Northern Ireland at 15:45 on Monday and on BBC Two Northern Ireland at 20:00.

Who stood for election in Northern Ireland?

  • Alliance Party - Naomi Long
  • Conservative - Amandeep Bhogal
  • Democratic Unionist Party - Diane Dodds
  • Green Party - Clare Bailey
  • Sinn Féin - Martina Anderson
  • Social Democratic and Labour Party - Colum Eastwood
  • Traditional Unionist Voice - Jim Allister
  • Ulster Unionist Party - Danny Kennedy
  • UKIP - Robert Hill
  • Independent - Neil McCann
  • Independent - Jane Morrice

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