December 2020 Northern Ireland Assembly election
All 90 seats in the Northern Ireland Assembly
46 seats needed for a majority
|Turnout||64.39 ( 0.62 pp)|
The December 2020 Northern Ireland Assembly election was held on Thursday, 3 December 2020 to elect 90 members to the Northern Ireland Assembly. The incumbent government was a power-sharing Executive under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement, with the Alliance Party as the largest party from the largest community, hence holding the position of First Minister; and the Social Democratic & Labour Party and the Ulster Unionist Party holding a deputy First Minister each within the Executive.
The election was contested by the Alliance Party, the Social Democratic & Labour Party, the Ulster Unionist Party, and the PPNI, each of whom held seats in Stormont before the election. Additionally, the election was contested by two newly formed parties, the centrist Coalition! NI and the novelty party Free Shetland NI Branch, a branch of the Shetland regionalist Free Shetland party.
90 members of the Legislative Assembly are elected from 6 different electoral regions, each electing between 10 and 21 MLAs using a proportional regional list, where seats are allocated proportionally to the number of votes each party receives in an individual electoral region.
A total of 31 candidates from six different political parties were nominated, with the statement of persons nominated listing the candidates in each seat. Four parties fielded candidates in all six regions, while the Progressive Party stood in four regions and endorsed Alliance in two. Free Shetland NI stood in three regions but did not endorse elsewhere.
The result was a surprising win for the Social Democratic and Labour Party who overtook Alliance as the largest party in Stormont and finished the election with a strong result of 36 seats, 9 short of a majority but 2 ahead of their closest rivals in Alliance.
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|December 2020 Northern Ireland Assembly election: Belfast|
|December 2020 Northern Ireland Assembly election: County Antrim|
|December 2020 Northern Ireland Assembly election: County Down|
|December 2020 Northern Ireland Assembly election: Londonderry|
|December 2020 Northern Ireland Assembly election: Armagh|
Fermanagh & Tyrone
|December 2020 Northern Ireland Assembly election: Fermanagh & Tyrone|
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- Includes seats won by the Irish Parliamentary Party and People Before Profit, who merged with the SDLP
- Includes seats won by the Labour Party in Northern Ireland and the Green Party, who merged with Alliance