May 2022 Northern Ireland Assembly election
All 90 seats in the Northern Ireland Assembly
46 seats needed for a majority
|Turnout||66.66% ( 9.04 pp)|
The May 2022 Northern Ireland Assembly election was held on Friday, 27 May 2022 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 Irish Labour Party as the largest party from the largest community, hence holding the position of First Minister; and Sinn Féin and the Ulster Unionist Party holding the positions of deputy First Ministers within the Executive.
The election was contested by the Sinn Féin, Irish Labour Party, Ulster Unionist Party, Alliance Party of Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Independence Party, and Traditional Unionist Voice, of which the Northern Ireland Independence Party and Traditional Unionist Voice did not hold seats the previous term. The election saw multiple changes over the previous one with a merger of the Ulster Workers' Party with the Social Democratic and Labour Party to create the Irish Labour Party, and the re-creation of Traditional Unionist Voice as well as the Northern Ireland Independence Party.
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.
A total of 27 candidates from seven different political parties were nominated. All parties fielded candidates in all regions, with the exception of UUP only fielding one candidate in County Antrim and Irish Labour Party not standing any candidates in Armagh, Fermanagh and Omagh and endorsing Northern Ireland Independence Party in the region in exchange for Northern Ireland Independence Party doing likewise for Irish Labour Party in Belfast, Lagan Valley and Mournes, and Derry/Londonderry and Tyrone North.
The result was a victory for the Sinn Féin, who succeeded in gaining more seats than ILP, displacing them as First Minister and regaining the position from Other and previously Unionist parties. While losing seats, the ILP suceeded in holding onto enough seats for the position of deputy First Minister. The Ulster Unionist Party and their winning 0 seats represented a substantial change for Northern Ireland. With the exception of the period where the Ulster Workers' Party supplanted the UUP for a time, the UUP has never failed to enter the Assembly and be part of the Executive. Their exclusion from the Assembly came with the NIIP and TUV making major gains in their first election, with 6 and 4 seats respectively. With the collapse of the UUP, the NIIP managed to secure a position as deputy First Minister.
Overall, the election was considered a victory for the Nationalist community, as they regained the position of First Minister and an upheaval for the Unionist community with the utter collapse of the Ulster Unionist Party and the emergence of the NIIP and TUV. For the Other community, it represented some gains, with Alliance Party of Northern Ireland securing 6 seats and the Irish Labour Party, while losing seats, defending themselves as the largest Other party in their first election as a party
|Party||Votes||Vote %||Seats||Seats %|
|Irish Labour Party||445,775||35.31||31||34.44|
|May 2022 Northern Ireland Assembly election: Belfast|
|Irish Labour Party||Model-Eddy||7||103,884||51.03%|
|May 2022 Northern Ireland Assembly election: County Antrim|
|Irish Labour Party||model-finn||6||86,884||41.19%|
|May 2022 Northern Ireland Assembly election: Down Coastal|
|Irish Labour Party||Muffin5136||6||96,127||39.94%|
Lagan Valley and Mournes
|May 2022 Northern Ireland Assembly election: Lagan Valley and Mournes|
|Irish Labour Party||PoliticoBailey||8||91,263||52.60%|
Armagh, Fermanagh and Omagh
|May 2022 Northern Ireland Assembly election: Armagh, Fermanagh and Omagh|
Derry/Londonderry and Tyrone North
|May 2022 Northern Ireland Assembly election: Derry/Londonderry and Tyrone North|
|Irish Labour Party||model-raymondo||4||74,431||29.68%|