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Local Government Election (NI)
Wednesday 17 May 1989



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Local Government Election (NI)
Wednesday 17 May 1989

The following is a first draft (v1) of the results of the 1989 District Council (local government) elections held in Northern Ireland on Wednesday 17 May 1989.

Introduction

The elections on 17 May 1987 were held to elect 566 councilors to the 26 District Councils of Northern Ireland. The voting in this election was by means of 'proportional representation'.

Summary of Results

Electorate:
Total valid vote:
Spoiled votes:
Percentage turnout: 56.1

Party
First Preference Votes
% Valid Poll
Ulster Unionist Party (UUP)
193,028
(32.3%)
Social Democratic & Labour Party (SDLP)
129,557
(21.0%)
Democratic Unionist Party (DUP)
109,332
(17.7%)
Sinn Féin (SF)
69,032
(11.2%)
Alliance Party of Northern Ireland (APNI)
42,659
(6.9%)
Loyalist / Unionist (Loy./U.)
28,359
(4.6%)
Workers Party (WP)
13,078
(2.1%)
Conservative Party (Cons)
5,956
(1.0%)
Labour Party (Lab)
1,726
(0.3%)
Independent Nationalist (Ind. Nat.)
804
(0.1%)
Others
23,678
(3.8%)
Total
617,209
(100%)

Source: Flackes and Elliott (1994)

Details of distribution of seats on the 26 District Councils

Council
DUP
Loy./U.
UUP
APNI
Cons.
Lab.
WP
SDLP
SF
Ind. Nat.
Others
Antrim
4
0
10
1
0
0
0
4
0
0
0
Ards
7
0
8
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
Armagh
2
0
11
0
0
0
0
8
1
0
0
Ballymena
12
0
7
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
2
Ballymoney
6
0
6
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
1
Banbridge
2
0
9
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
1
Belfast
8
6
14
6
0
0
1
8
8
0
0
Carrickfergus
3
3
4
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
Castlereagh
9
2
6
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Coleraine
5
1
10
2
0
0
0
2
0
0
1
Cookstown
5
1
3
0
0
0
0
5
2
0
0
Craigavon
4
0
12
2
0
0
1
6
1
0
0
Derry
4
3
3
0
0
0
0
15
5
0
0
Down
2
0
8
1
0
0
0
12
0
0
0
Dungannon
3
0
8
0
0
0
1
5
3
0
2
Fermanagh
2
0
10
0
0
0
1
5
4
0
1
Larne
4
0
7
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
Limavady
1
0
7
0
0
0
0
6
1
0
0
Lisburn
5
0
15
2
1
0
0
3
2
0
0
Magherafelt
3
0
4
0
0
0
0
4
3
0
1
Moyle
3
2
2
0
0
0
0
4
1
0
3
Newry and Mourne
0
1
6
0
0
0
0
17
4
0
2
Newtownabbey
6
2
11
4
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
North Down
4
3
5
4
6
0
0
0
0
0
2
Omagh
3
0
5
0
0
0
0
6
6
0
1
Strabane
3
1
3
1
0
0
0
3
2
0
2
Total
110
25
194
38
7
1
4
121
43
0
23

Source: Flackes and Elliott (1994)


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