From top: the count centre in Ballymena this morning; Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill
With reports indicating turnout in yesterday’s Northern Ireland Assembly elections “may exceed 60%”- the highest in 10 years…
…the proportion of registered voters casting their ballots was even higher in the Mid Ulster stronghold of Michelle O’Neill, the new Sinn Féin leader in Northern Ireland, with 80% of the electorate going to polling stations.
The key electoral battle will be between Foster and O’Neill. The DUP won 38 seats in the Stormont parliament last year and was therefore able to elect Foster as first minister.
The main unionist party is expected to lose seats in an assembly cut from 108 members overall last May to 90 this time round. If Sinn Féin emerge as the largest political party, O’Neill could become the new first minister….
Pics: RTÉ, Rollingnews.