December 2021 Northern Ireland Assembly election

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December 2021 Northern Ireland Assembly election
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All 90 seats in the Northern Ireland Assembly
46 seats needed for a majority
Opinion polls
Turnout57.62% (Decrease 9.46 pp)
  First party Second party Third party
  LokanNI.jpg TyphoonMHOC.jpg MHOCAya.jpg
Leader KalvinLokan HumanoidTyphoon22 Lady Aya
Party UWP Sinn Féin SDLP
Leader's seat Derry/Londonderry and Tyrone North Belfast Armagh, Fermanagh and Omagh
Last election 20 seats, 22.05% 35 seats, 38.23% 16 seats, 18.97%
Seats before 20 35 16
Seats won 29 22 19
Seat change Increase 9 Decrease 13 Increase 3
Popular vote 334,416 281,706 238,891
Percentage 31.23% 26.31% 22.31%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  Phyrik2222.png Lamentably.jpg Metesbilge.jpg
Leader Phyrik2222 LamentablyLuscious Metesbilge
Party UUP C!NI APNI
Leader's seat County Antrim Derry/Londonderry and Tyrone North Down Coastal
Last election 19 seats, 20.80% Did not stand Did not stand
Seats before 12 7 0
Seats won 11 4 4
Seat change Decrease 1 Decrease 3 Increase 4
Popular vote 122,608 46,180 39,526
Percentage 11.45% 4.31% 3.69%

  Seventh party
  ABrokenFloopa.jpg
Leader ABrokenHero
Party PBP
Leader's seat Lagan Valley and the Mournes
Last election Did not stand
Seats before 0
Seats won 1
Seat change Increase 1
Popular vote 7,561
Percentage 0.71%

First Minister and deputy First Minister before election

HumanoidTyphoon22, (Sinn Féin)
KalvinLokan, (UWP)

First Minister and
deputy First Minister

KalvinLokan, (UWP)
ARichTeaBiscuit, (Sinn Féin)

The December 2021 Northern Ireland Assembly election was held on Friday, 10 December 2021 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 Sinn Féin as the largest party from the largest community, hence holding the position of First Minister; and the Ulster Unionist Party holding the position of deputy First Minister within the Executive.

The election was contested by the Sinn Féin, Social Democratic and Labour Party, Ulster Unionist Party, Alliance Party of Northern Ireland, Coalition! NI Ulster Workers' Party, and People Before Profit, of which the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland and People Before Profit did not hold seats the previous term. The election saw multiple changes over the previous one with a merger of the Labour Party of Northern Ireland with the Social Democratic and Labour Party, the re-creation of Coalition! NI, the reemergence of Alliance Party of Northern Ireland, and the creation of People Before Profit.

Electoral system

90 members of the Legislative Assembly are elected from 6 different electoral regions, each electing 15 MLAs using a proportional regional list, where seats are allocated proportionally to the number of votes each party receives in an individual electoral region.

Opinion Polling

The chart below depicts regional vote opinion polls conducted for the December 2021 Northern Ireland Assembly election. Stormont party polling 11 December 2021..PNG

Results

A total of 33 candidates from seven different political parties were nominated. All parties fielded candidates in all regions, with the exception of People Before Profit only fielding one candidate in Lagan Valley and Mournes and Alliance Party of Northern Ireland not standing any candidates in Lagan Valley and Mournes and Derry/Londonderry and Tyrone North and endorsing Coalition! NI in those regions in exchange for Coalition! NI doing likewise for Alliance Party of Northern Ireland in Down Coastal and Armagh, Fermanagh and Omagh.

The result was a victory for the Ulster Workers' Party, who succeeded in gaining more seats than Sinn Féin, displacing them as First Minister and having the first Unionist First Minister since Term 7. While Sinn Féin did lose the position of First Minister and losing 13 seats, they succeeded in holding onto enough seats to stay as deputy First Minister, beating our the Social Democratic and Labour Party. While the Social Democratic and Labour Party failed to gain enough seats to become deputy First Minister, the election was a success for them, gaining 3 seats. While maybe not what they wanted, the Ulster Unionist Party lost one seat this election, a drop from the 19 they won in the June 2021 Northern Ireland Assembly election with the merger of Coalition!NI, but not losing as many as some predicted. Coalition!NI saw themselves losing 3 seats, holding 4. While not allowing them to enter the Executive, the Other community saw itself achieve a symbolic and substantial win, with Alliance Party of Northern Ireland and People Before Profit winning 4 and 1 seats respectively.

The election was a considered a major victory for the Unionist community, as they regained the First Minister position which had not been held for nearly two years by a Unionist. Furthermore, they again gained the largest count of seats in the Assembly. It was also a substantial win for the Other community who saw representation once again in the Assembly after the merge of the Labour Party of Northern Ireland into the Social Democratic and Labour Party during the previous term had seen the end of the communities representation.

Northern Ireland

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Party Votes Vote % Seats Seats %
Combined Unionist Alliance (CUA)
Ulster Workers' Party 334,416 31.23 29 32.2
UUP 122,608 11.45 11 12.2
Total CUA 457,024 42.68 40 44.4
Other Parties
Sinn Féin 281,706 26.31 22 24.4
SDLP 238,891 22.31 19 21.1
Coalition! 46,180 4.31 4 4.4
APNI 39,526 3.69 4 4.4
PBP 7,561 0.71 1 1.1
Total 1,070,888 100 90 100
22 19 1 4 4 40

By constituency

Belfast

December 2021 Northern Ireland Assembly election: Belfast
Party Candidate Seats Votes %
UWP Scadey 5 57,615 31.20%
SDLP Realbassist 3 41,288 22.4%
Sinn Féin HumanoidTyphoon22 3 40,197 21.8%
UUP FPSLover1 2 21,028 11.4%
Coalition! CountBrandenburg 1 11,403 6.2%
APNI Frost_Walker2017 1 8,261 4.5%

County Antrim

December 2021 Northern Ireland Assembly election: County Antrim
Party Candidate Seats Votes %
UWP Paladox1 5 55,297 35.3%
SDLP Model-kyosanto 3 32,024 20.5%
Sinn Féin ARichTeaBiscuit 3 29,846 19.1%
UUP Phyrik2222 2 20,496 13.1%
Coalition! TomBarnaby 1 11,628 7.4%
APNI Rea-wakey 1 5,407 3.5%

Down Coastal

December 2021 Northern Ireland Assembly election: Down Coastal
Party Candidate Seats Votes %
UWP Muffin5136 6 48,815 34.9%
SDLP Ohprkl 3 29,891 21.4%
Sinn Féin JD200256 3 25,385 18.1%
UUP Skullduggery12 2 20,720 14.8%
APNI Metesbilge 1 13,099 9.4%

Lagan Valley and Mournes

December 2021 Northern Ireland Assembly election: Lagan Valley and Mournes
Party Candidate Seats Votes %
UWP ThomasT143 4 53,187 28.3%
Sinn Féin Faelif 4 52,439 27.9%
SDLP Youmaton 4 47,591 25.4%
UUP EruditeFellow 1 16,406 8.7%
Coalition! SapphireWork 1 10,509 5.6%
PBP ABrokenHero 1 7,561 4%

Armagh, Fermanagh and Omagh

December 2021 Northern Ireland Assembly election: Armagh, Fermanagh and Omagh
Party Candidate Seats Votes %
Sinn Féin Wiredcookie1 4 55,045 27.7%
SDLP Lady_Aya 4 54,976 27.7%
UWP Sasja_Friendly 4 49,939 25.1%
UUP Tarkin15 2 21,651 10.9%
APNI Model-avery 1 12,759 6.4%

Derry/Londonderry and Tyrone North

December 2021 Northern Ireland Assembly election: Derry/Londonderry and Tyrone North
Party Candidate Seats Votes %
Sinn Féin Zakian3000 5 78,794 35.5%
UWP KalvinLokan 5 69,563 31.3%
SDLP Inadorable 2 33,121 14.9%
UUP Likelynotasquirrel 2 22,307 10%
Coalition! LamentablyLuscious 1 12,640 5.7%

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