05/03/2007

Post Assembly election seminar probes voting patterns

In the aftermath of the Assembly elections voting behaviour will be the subject of a key public seminar taking place on Wednesday 14 March.

Queen's University Belfast researcher, Nicholas Whyte, will lead a discussion analyzing tactical voting and ticket splitting among voters.

Speaking ahead of both the election and the seminar, Nicholas said: "People like to simplify voting in Northern Ireland as if it was a simple us or them process.

“But when you look at the detail of previous elections, a much more interesting pattern emerges; I expect that the vote on 7 March will show this too."

The seminar is organised by ARK (Northern Ireland Social and Political Archive) and will be held at NICVA, Duncairn Gardens from 12.00pm.

Nicholas Whyte is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the School of Sociology, Social Research and Social Policy at Queen's and also works as a political analyst in Brussels.

Those wishing to attend should contact ARK at info@ark.ac.uk, or telephone 028 7137 5513. Lunch will be included.

(JM/SP)

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