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Northern Ireland Forum election, 1996
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All 110 seats to the Northern Ireland Forum
56 seats were needed for a majority

  First party Second party Third party
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Leader David Trimble Ian Paisley John Hume
Party UUP DUP SDLP
Leader since 8 September 1995 30 September 1971 28 November 1979
Leader's seat Upper Bann North Antrim Foyle
Seats won 30 24 21
Popular vote 181,829 141,413 160,786
Percentage 24.2% 18.8% 21.4%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
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Leader Gerry Adams John Alderdice Robert McCartney
Party Sinn Féin Alliance UK Unionist
Leader since 13 November 1983 3 October 1987 1995
Leader's seat West Belfast East Belfast North Down
Seats won 17 7 3
Popular vote 116,377 49,176 27,774
Percentage 15.5% 6.5% 3.7%

  Seventh party Eighth party Ninth party
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Leader Hugh Smyth Gary McMichael Monica McWilliams
Pearl Sagar
Party PUP Ulster Democratic NI Women's Coalition
Leader since 1979 1994 1996
Leader's seat Top-up seat Top-up seat Top-up seats
Seats won 2 2 2
Popular vote 26,082 16,715 7,731
Percentage 3.5% 2.2% 1.0%

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Percentage of seats gained by each of the party.

Chief Executive before election

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Elected Chief Executive

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The Northern Ireland Forum (formally called the Northern Ireland Forum for Political Dialogue) was a body set up in 1996 as part of a process of negotiations that eventually led to the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement in 1998.

The forum was elected, with five members being elected for each Westminster Parliamentary constituency for Northern Ireland, under the D'Hondt method of party-list proportional representation. There was also a "topup" of two seats for the ten parties polling most votes; this ensured that two loyalist parties associated with paramilitary groups were represented. See members of the Northern Ireland Forum for a complete list.

Results[edit]

The results of the election were:

Party Votes Vote % List seats Top-up seats Total seats Seats %
UUP 181,829 24.2 28 2 30 27.3
SDLP 160,786 21.4 19 2 21 19.1
DUP 141,413 18.8 22 2 24 21.8
Sinn Féin 116,377 15.5 15 2 17 15.5
Alliance 49,176 6.5 5 2 7 6.4
UK Unionist 27,774 3.7 1 2 3 2.7
PUP 26,082 3.5 0 2 2 1.8
Ulster Democratic 16,715 2.2 0 2 2 1.8
NI Women's Coalition 7,731 1.0 0 2 2 1.8
Labour coalition 6,425 0.9 0 2 2 1.8
Green (NI) 3,647 0.5 0 0 0
NI Conservatives 3,595 0.5 0 0 0
Workers' Party 3,530 0.5 0 0 0
Ulster Independence 2,125 0.5 0 0 0
Democratic Left 1,215 0.2 0 0 0
Democratic Partnership 1,046 0.1 0 0 0
Independent McMullan 927 0.1 0 0 0
Independent Chambers 567 0.1 0 0 0
Natural Law 389 0.1 0 0 0
Independent DUP 388 0.1 0 0 0
Independent Arthur Templeton 350 0.1 0 0 0
Independent Voice 204 0.0 0 0 0
Communist Party 66 0.0 0 0 0
Ulster Christian Democrats 31 0.0 0 0 0

All parties shown.

Note: The Democratic Unionist Party was listed on the ballot paper as "Democratic Unionist Party DUP Ian Paisley"

List candidates[edit]

Top-up candidates were elected from lists supplied by each party. The highest-placed candidates who had not already won election through a constituency won the top-up seats. In the table below, the top-up candidates elected through the regional list are shown in bold, while candidates elected in constituencies are shown in italics. Candidates in normal type were not elected.

Party Regional list candidates[1]
UUP David Trimble, John Taylor, John Gorman, Antony Alcock, Jack Allen, Fred Parkinson, Josias Cunningham, Dennis Rogan, James Cooper, Jim Nicholson
SDLP John Hume, Seamus Mallon, Eddie McGrady, Joe Hendron, Jonathan Stephenson, Dorita Field, Margaret Ellen, Patricia Walsh, Marietta Farrell, Rosaleen Hughes, Anne McQuillan
DUP [1] Ian Paisley, Peter Robinson, William McCrea, Nigel Dodds, Sammy Wilson, Gregory Campbell, Eric Smyth, Ruth Allen, Harry Smith, William McClure
Sinn Féin Lucilita Bhreatnach, Pat Doherty, Rita O'Hare, Gerry Adams, Martin McGuinness, Bairbre de Brún, Mitchel McLaughlin, Gearóid Ó hEára, Joe Cahill, Dodie McGuinness
Alliance John Alderdice, Seamus Close, Sean Neeson, Steve McBride, Eileen Bell, Anne Gormley, Elizabeth McCaffrey, Mary Clark-Glass, Susan O'Brien, Wendy Watt
UK Unionist Robert McCartney, Cedric Wilson, Conor Cruise O'Brien, Patrick Roche, Ronnie Crawford, Alan Field, Valerie Kinghan, Stephen Nicholl, Graeme Jardin, Freda Woods
PUP Hugh Smyth, David Ervine, Billy Hutchinson, William Smith, David Kirk, Patricia Laverty, Dawn Purvis, Edward Kinner, Gusty Spence, Winston Churchill Rea
Ulster Democratic Gary McMichael, John White, David Adams, Joe English, Tommy Kirkham, David Nicholl, Robert Girvan, Thomas English, Ester McCracken English, Elizabeth Cathcart McIlwaine
NI Women's Coalition Monica McWilliams, Pearl Sagar, Anne Campbell, Kathleen Fearon, Sheila Fairon, Joan Cosgrove, Diane Greer, Brenda Callaghan, Felicity Huston, Mairead Abraham
Labour coalition Malachi Curran, Hugh Casey, Mark Langhammer, John McLaughlin, Lucy Simpson, Peter Hadden, Margaret Lawrence, Fionnuala Harbinson, Michael Duffy, David Morrison
Green (NI) Paddy McEvoy, Peter Emerson, Jenny Jones, Nuala Ahern, Molly Scott, Robin Harper
NI Conservatives Barbara Finney, Esmond Birnie
Workers' Party Tom French, John Lowry, Marian Donnelly, Ellen Rush, Margaret Smith, Tommy Owens, Brendan Heany, Eilish Duffy, Vivian Hutchinson, Michael McCorry
Ulster Independence Hugh Ross, Josephine Fulton-Challis, Sandra Jones, Walter Millar, David Kerr, Dierdre Speer-White, Ken Kerr, Donal Casey, Kenneth McClinton, Norman McLelland
Democratic Left Mary McMahon, Seamus Lynch, Patrick John McClean, Gerry Cullen, Veronica McEneaney, Frank McElroy, Teresa McVeigh, Jean Craig, Mary Vernon, Monica Hynds
Democratic Partnership David Bleakley, Paul Smyth, Maureen McCaughan, Adrian McKinney, Pearl Snowden, Edwin Sloan, Charles McKee, William Lewis, Erin Tunney
Independent McMullan Oliver McMullan, John Robb, John McDowell, Wesley H. Holmes, William Dunbar, William Cunning, Helen Craig, Philip Dugdale, Charles Maunsell, Sinead McMullan
Independent Chambers Alan Chambers, Joseph Coggle, Mary Chambers, James Arbuthnot, Robert Irvine, Violet Chambers, Linda Chambers, William Chambers, Ruth Patty, Pearl Brown
Natural Law James Anderson, Thomas Mullins, Richard Johnson, John Patrick Lyons, John Small
Independent DUP Thomas Henry O'Brien, William Baxter, Cecil Braniff, Tara Martin Alexandra, Stuart William O'Brien
Independent Arthur Templeton N/A
Independent Voice Andrew Thompson, Sarah Thompson, Bernard McGrath, Susan McGrath, Edward Phillips, Trevor Richards, Christopher Carter, Fidelma Carter, Betty Carter, Susan Carter
Communist Party N/A
Ulster Christian Democrats N/A

Votes summary[edit]

Popular vote
Ulster Unionist
24.17%
SDLP
21.37%
DUP
18.8%
Sinn Féin
15.47%
Alliance
6.54%
United Kingdom Unionist
3.69%
Progressive Unionist
3.47%
Ulster Democratic
2.22%
Women's Coalition
1.03%
Labour
0.85%
Independent
0.3%
Other
2.09%

Seats summary[edit]

Parliamentary seats
Ulster Unionist
27.27%
SDLP
19.09%
DUP
21.82%
Sinn Féin
15.45%
Alliance
6.36%
United Kingdom Unionist
2.73%
Progressive Unionist
1.82%
Ulster Democratic
1.82%
Women's Coalition
1.82%
Labour
1.82%

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