Next Northern Ireland Assembly election

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Next Northern Ireland Assembly election

2011 ←
members
5 May 2016
→ 2021

All 108 seats to the Northern Ireland Assembly &
All 14 seats to the Northern Ireland Executive
  Peter Robinson Gerry Adams Mike Nesbitt
Leader Peter Robinson Gerry Adams Mike Nesbitt
Party DUP Sinn Féin UUP
Leader since 31 May 2008 13 November 1983 31 March 2012
Leader's seat Belfast East N/A Strangford
Last election 38 seats, 29.3% 29 seats, 26.3% 16 seats, 12.9%
Current seats 38 29 13

  Alasdair McDonnell David Ford Jim Allister
Leader Alasdair McDonnell David Ford Jim Allister
Party SDLP Alliance TUV
Leader since 5 November 2011 6 October 2001 7 December 2007
Leader's seat South Belfast South Antrim North Antrim
Last election 14 seats, 13.9% 8 seats, 7.7% 1 seat, 2.5%
Current seats 14 8 1

  Steven Agnew Basil McCrea Nigel Farage
Leader Steven Agnew Basil McCrea Nigel Farage
Party Green (NI) NI21 UKIP
Leader since 10 January 2011 6 June 2013 5 November 2010
Leader's seat North Down Lagan Valley N/A
Last election 1 seat, 0.9% N/A 0 seats, 0.6%
Current seats 1 1 1

Incumbent First Minister

Peter Robinson
DUP

The next election to the Northern Ireland Assembly will occur on 5 May 2016, unless it is dissolved earlier.

Change of date[edit]

Under the Northern Ireland Act 1998 this election would have been held on 7 May 2015 at the latest. In May 2013, Theresa Villiers, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, announced elections will be held at fixed intervals of 5 years.[1] Section 7 of the Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2014 specifies that elections will be held on the first Thursday in May on the fifth calendar year following that in which its predecessor was elected.[2]

Earlier dissolution[edit]

There are several circumstances in which the Assembly could be dissolved before the date scheduled by virtue of section 31(1) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.

Dissolution motion[edit]

Under section 32 of the 1998 Act, the Assembly can be dissolved if a resolution to such an effect is passed by the Assembly, with support of 72 or more members.

Failure to elect the First or Deputy First Ministers[edit]

The Act provides that if the Assembly fails to elect either the First Minister or deputy First Minister within six weeks, an election is called. Since the Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Act 2006 this has involved the nomination to the posts by the largest party overall and the largest party in the designation which the largest party overall is not a member respectively.[clarification needed]

Opinion Polling[edit]

Date(s)
conducted
Polling organisation/client Sample size DUP SF SDLP UUP All Others
Sep 2013 Lucid Talk/Belfast Telegraph 29% 26% 14% 11% 10% 10%
Jan 2013 IPSOS-MORI/BBC 1,046 24% 23% 19% 13% 10% 11%
2012 Life & Times 27% 19% 21% 16% 13% 3%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Northern Ireland Assembly elections put back to 2016". BBC News Online. 2013-05-10. Retrieved 2013-05-11. 
  2. ^ legislation.gov.uk Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2014