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Local Government Election (NI)
Wednesday 15 May 1985



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Local Government Election (NI)
Wednesday 15 May 1985

The following is a first draft (v1) of the results of the 1985 District Council (local government) elections held in Northern Ireland on Wednesday 15 May 1985.

Introduction

The elections on 15 May 1985 were held to elect 566 councilors to the 26 District Councils of Northern Ireland. Prior to this election the number of electoral wards in Northern Ireland stood at 526, but this figure was reviewed by an independent Boundary Commission, and increased to 566. The voting in this election was by means of 'proportional representation'.

Summary of Results

Electorate:
Total valid vote:
Spoiled votes:
Percentage turnout:

Party
First Preference Votes
% Valid Poll
Ulster Unionist Party (UUP)
188,497
(29.5%)
Democratic Unionist Party (DUP)
155,297
(24.3%)
Social Democratic & Labour Party (SDLP)
113,967
(17.8%)
Sinn Féin (SF)
75,686
(11.8%)
Alliance Party of Northern Ireland (APNI)
45,394
(7.1%)
Loyalist / Unionist (Loy./U.)
19,712
(3.1%)
Workers Party (WP)
10,276
(1.6%)
Independent Nationalist (Ind. Nat.)
8,191
(1.3%)
Irish Independence Party (IIP)
7,459
(1.1%)
Labour Party (Lab)
3,692
(0.6%)
Others
11,451
(1.8%)
Total
639,622
(100%)

Source: Flackes and Elliott (1994)

Details of distribution of seats on the 26 District Councils

Council
DUP
Loy./U.
UUP
APNI
Lab.
WP
SDLP
SF
IIP
Ind. Nat.
Others
Antrim
5
0
9
1
0
0
3
1
0
0
0
Ards
8
1
6
3
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
Armagh
3
0
11
0
0
0
7
1
0
0
0
Ballymena
15
0
6
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
1
Ballymoney
6
0
6
0
0
0
2
1
0
0
1
Banbridge
3
0
8
0
0
0
3
0
0
0
1
Belfast
11
4
14
8
0
1
6
7
0
0
0
Carrickfergus
3
1
7
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
Castlereagh
10
0
8
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Coleraine
6
0
10
2
0
0
2
0
0
0
1
Cookstown
5
1
3
0
0
0
3
4
0
0
0
Craigavon
6
0
11
0
0
2
5
2
0
0
0
Derry
5
0
5
0
0
0
14
5
1
0
0
Down
3
0
7
0
0
1
10
2
0
0
0
Dungannon
3
0
8
0
0
0
5
4
0
2
0
Fermanagh
2
0
8
0
0
0
4
8
1
0
0
Larne
6
0
6
2
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
Limavady
2
0
7
0
0
0
4
2
0
0
0
Lisburn
8
0
13
3
0
0
2
2
0
0
0
Magherafelt
4
0
3
0
0
0
4
4
0
0
0
Moyle
3
2
2
0
0
0
4
2
0
0
2
Newry and Mourne
2
0
7
0
0
0
14
5
1
1
0
Newtownabbey
9
2
10
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
North Down
6
3
8
7
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Omagh
4
0
4
0
0
0
5
6
1
0
1
Strabane
4
0
3
0
0
0
3
3
0
2
0
Total
142
14
190
34
2
4
101
59
4
6
10

Source: Flackes and Elliott (1994)


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