22/05/2014

Polling Stations Open Across NI

Polling stations have opened across Northern Ireland for today's local and European government elections.

The stations opened at 07:00 this morning, and will remain open until 22:00 tonight. The first count, which will decide the local council elections, is expected by Friday. With the results of the European elections expected by Monday.

Over 900 candidates are competing for 462 council seats across the 11 newly designated district council areas.

It is understood that newly elected councils will only sit in shadow form for the first ten months after today election. This is because the councils are still to decide on their headquarters and governing arrangements.

After the ten month period the new councils will take power in April next year.

Voters will be given two papers when the arrive at polling stations – a yellow ballot paper for local elections and a white one for European.

All voters need is photographic ID, such as a passport, driving licence, electoral identity card or Translink Smartpass.

(MH/CD)

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