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Thursday 14 June 1984



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European Election (NI)
Thursday 14 June 1984

The following is a first draft (v1) of the results of the 1984 European Parliament elections held in Northern Ireland on Thursday 14 June.

Introduction

The elections on Thursday 14 June 1984 were to elect three Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). For the purpose of the European elections Northern Ireland is treated as a single constituency and voting is by means of 'proportional representation'.

Summary of Results:

Electorate: 1,065,363
Total valid vote: 685,317
Spoiled votes: 11,654
Percentage turnout: 65.4%
Quota: 171,330

First Count

Candidate and Party
First Preference Votes
% Valid Poll
Ian Paisley, Democratic Unionist Party (UDUP)
230,251
(33.6%)
John Hume, Social Democratic & Labour Party (SDLP)
151,399
(22.1%)
John Taylor, Ulster Unionist Party (UUP)
147,169
(21.5%)
Danny Morrisson, Sinn Féin (SF)
91,476
(13.3%)
D. Cook, Alliance Party of Northern Ireland (APNI)
34,046
(5.0%)
J. Kilfedder, Ulster Popular Unionist Party (UPUP)
20,092
(2.9%)
S. Lynch, Workers' Party (WP)
8,712
(1.3%)
Ecology Party
2,172
(0.3%)

Ian Paisley, Democratic Unionist Party (UDUP), was elected on the first count. John Taylor, Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), was elected on the second count and John Hume was elected on the fourth count.

Second Count

Distribution of the surplus votes from Ian Paisley.
Candidate and Party
Votes Distributed
New Total
John Taylor, Ulster Unionist Party (UUP)
+38,545
185,714
John Hume, Social Democratic & Labour Party (SDLP)
+265
151,664
Danny Morrisson, Sinn Féin (SF)
+49
91,525
J. Kilfedder, Ulster Popular Unionist Party (UPUP)
+18,201
38,293
D. Cook, Alliance Party of Northern Ireland (APNI)
+846
34,892
S. Lynch, Workers' Party (WP)
+101
8,813
C. McGuigan, Ecology Party
+65
2,236

John Taylor, Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), was elected on the second count. Lynch and McGuigan were eliminated; their votes were then distributed.

Third Count

Candidate and Party
Votes Distributed
New Total
John Hume, Social Democratic & Labour Party (SDLP)
+4,646
156,310
Danny Morrisson, Sinn Féin (SF)
+1,119
92,644
J. Kilfedder, Ulster Popular Unionist Party (UPUP)
+562
38,584
D. Cook, Alliance Party of Northern Ireland (APNI)
+2,509
37,401

Cook and Kilfedder were both eliminated on the third count; their votes were then distributed.

Fourth Count

Candidate and Party
Votes Distributed
New Total
John Hume, Social Democratic & Labour Party (SDLP)
+26,946
183,256
Danny Morrisson, Sinn Féin (SF)
+435
93,079

John Hume was elected on the Fourth Count.

Source: Flackes and Elliott (1994)


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