June 2021 Northern Ireland Assembly election

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June 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
Turnout67.08 (Increase 2.69 pp)
  First party Second party Third party
  ABrokenFloopa.jpg LokanNI.jpg NeatPav.jpg
Leader ABrokenHero KalvinLokan NeatSaucer
Party Sinn Féin UWP UUP
Leader's seat Derry/Londonderry and Tyrone North Derry/Londonderry and Tyrone North County Antrim
Last election 36 seats, 38.8% 0 seats, 1.9% 17 seats, 17.7%
Seats before 36 0 20 [a]
Seats won 35 20 19
Seat change Decrease 1 Increase 20 Decrease 1
Popular vote 486,309 280,455 263,905
Percentage 38.23% 22.05% 20.75%
Swing Decrease 0.57 pp Increase 20.15 pp Increase 3.05 pp

  Fourth party Fifth party
  MHOCAya.jpg Comped.png
Leader Lady_Aya Comped
Party LPNI APNI
Leader's seat Down Coastal County Antrim
Last election Did not stand 34 seats, 37.4%
Seats before 27 7
Seats won 16 0
Seat change Decrease 11 Decrease 7
Popular vote 241,618 Did not stand
Percentage 18.97% Did not stand
Swing Increase 18.97% pp Decrease 37.40 pp

First Minister and deputy First Minister before election

ABrokenHero, (Sinn Féin)
Ohprkl, (LPNI)
NeatSaucer, (UUP)

First Minister and
deputy First Minister

ABrokenHero, (Sinn Féin)
KalvinLokan, (UWP)
Lady_Aya, (LPNI)

The June 2021 Northern Ireland Assembly election was held on Friday, 4 June 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 Labour Party of Northern Ireland and the Ulster Unionist Party holding a deputy First Minister each within the Executive.

The election was contested by the Sinn Féin, Labour Party of Northern Ireland, Ulster Unionist Party, and Ulster Workers' Party, of whom only the Ulster Workers' Party did not hold seats in the previous term. The election saw multiple changes over the previous one with different electoral regions, a merger of Coalition! NI with the Ulster Unionist Party, the rebranding of Social Democratic and Labour Party into Sinn Féin, the absence of Alliance Party of Northern Ireland, and the rebranding of PPNI to the Ulster Workers' Party.

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.

Predictions

Seat predictions

Publisher Sinn Féin LPNI UUP UWP
Ulster Herald 40 14 17 19
Morning Star 39 13 17 21

Results

A total of 24 candidates from four different political parties were nominated. All four parties fielded candidates in all six regions

The result was a victory for Sinn Féin who held onto the position of First Minister, retaining 35 seats and losing only 1 MLA though that was considered a shock on the night as they had been widely predicted to gain. The result saw a strong performance from the Ulster Workers' Party who, in line with pre-election polling and predictions were able to gain 20 MLA's, going from 0 MLAs to 20 in a single election and gaining the position of deputy First Minister from the traditional party of unionism, the Ulster Unionist Party. The election was a disappointing result for both Labour Party of Northern Ireland, who went from 27 MLAs to 16 and the Ulster Unionist Party who lost the position of deputy First Minister to the Ulster Workers' Party and technically losing a seat though making gains of two from their result last year.

Northern Ireland

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Party Votes Vote % Seats Seats %
Sinn Féin 486,309 38.23 35 38.9
UWP 280,455 22.05 20 22.2
UUP 263,905 20.75 19 21.1
LPNI 241,258 18.97 16 17.8
Total 1,271,927 100 90 100
35 16 20 19

By constituency

Belfast

June 2021 Northern Ireland Assembly election: Belfast
Party Candidate Seats Votes %
Sinn Féin Motelblinds 6 79,274 37.49%
LPNI Ohprkl 3 49,558 23.43%
UWP Model-Eddy 3 42,265 19.99%
UUP Skullduggery12 3 40,382 19.10%

County Antrim

June 2021 Northern Ireland Assembly election: County Antrim
Party Candidate Seats Votes %
Sinn Féin ARichTeaBiscuit 5 66,466 31.78%
UUP NeatSaucer 4 55,603 26.59%
LPNI Paul Rand 3 47,538 22.73%
UWP TomB 25 3 39,537 18.90%

Down Coastal

June 2021 Northern Ireland Assembly election: Down Coastal
Party Candidate Seats Votes %
Sinn Féin Realbassist 4 62,957 27.82%
UUP Adithyansoccer 4 57,013 25.20%
UWP Muffin5136 4 56,701 25.06%
LPNI Lady Aya 3 49,596 21.92%

Lagan Valley and Mournes

June 2021 Northern Ireland Assembly election: Lagan Valley and Mournes
Party Candidate Seats Votes %
Sinn Féin Later slater1407 7 81,942 47.62%
UWP ThomasT143 3 35,504 20.63%
LPNI Lily-irl 3 33,570 19.51%
UUP BrexitGlory 2 21,058 12.24%

Armagh, Fermanagh and Omagh

June 2021 Northern Ireland Assembly election: Armagh, Fermanagh and Omagh
Party Candidate Seats Votes %
Sinn Féin Wiredcookie1 7 95,747 45.61%
UWP Sasja Friendly 4 52,637 25.08%
UUP FPSlover 2 36,013 17.16%
LPNI Imadearedditaccount5 2 25,519 12.16%

Derry/Londonderry and Tyrone North

June 2021 Northern Ireland Assembly election: Derry/Londonderry and Tyrone North
Party Candidate Seats Votes %
Sinn Féin ABrokenHero 6 99,923 41.11%
UUP Soccerfun101 4 53,836 22.15%
UWP KalvinLokan 3 53,811 22.14%
LPNI Inadorable 2 35,477 14.60%

References

  1. Includes seats won by Coalition! NI, who merged with the UUP