Alliance enjoys uplift in support
Thursday, 9 March 2017
OF the smaller parties, the Alliance Party can take great satisfaction from a substantial increase in their percentage vote compared to last May.
Their candidate, a newcomer to the constituency, received 2,616 or 5.44% of the first preference votes, up to from 1,318 or 3.2% 10 months ago.
The SDLP's vote went up from 3,093 last May to 3,519 but with a higher turn-out Connor Duncan's percentage of first preferences was marginally down by 0.2%
One of the most telling aspects of the vote was that both Alliance and SDLP voters transferred in their droves to Mr Swann.
He received 839 votes from Ms. O'Lynn and 1,465 from Mr Duncan, helping him to surge through the quota of 8,016.
Mid ad East Antrim SDLP councillor, Declan O'Loan, said: The 'Crocodiles' Election has been historic. Nationalism has found its voice, and unionism would be wise to sit down at the table as equals, not as an arrogant majority which they no longer are."
Other candidates did not do so well losing their deposits by failing to take 25% of the quota.
The TUV's Timothy Gaston received 1,505 votes compared to 1,955 last May, but he was a late declared runner and this may have affected his tally.
Independents Adam McBride and Monica Digney were early casualties being eliminated early closely followed by Green Party candidate, Mark Bailey.
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