Assembly Election 16: McGuinness leads Eastwood narrowly in election race

Sinn Fein MLA candidates Raymond McCartney, Martin McGuinness, and Maeve McLaughlin leaving the Model School Polling Station on Academy Road. DER1816GS054

Sinn Fein MLA candidates Raymond McCartney, Martin McGuinness, and Maeve McLaughlin leaving the Model School Polling Station on Academy Road. DER1816GS054

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness leads the way very narrowly at the Foyle Assembly Count in Derry.

After the first declaration Mr McGuinness leads the way on 5,037 votes with the SDLP leader just 37 votes behind on exactly 5,000.

Deputy Returning Officer Patricia Murphy declared that there had been 40,187 votes cast, 485 of which had been spoiled leaving a total of 39,702 vaild votes.

The quota to achieve election to the Assembly was therefore set at 5,672.

No one achieved the quota at the first count.

The announcement of votes ran as follows.

Sinn Fein

Martin McGuinness-5,037

Maeve McLaughlin-3,062

Raymond McCartney-3,198

SDLP

Colum Eastwood-5,000

Gerard Diver-2,700

Mark H Durkan-4,197

DUP

Gary Middleton-4,737

UUP

Julia Kee-1,420

Independent Unionist

Maurice Devenney-1,173

Independent

Anne MCCloskey-3,410

Independent

Kathleen Bradley-902

People Before Profit Alliance

Eamonn McCann-4,176

Alliance

Chris McCaw-238

Conservatives

Alan Dunlop-36

CISTA

John Lindsay-259

Green Party

Mary Hassan-157

Therefore the following candidates have been eliminated at the first count in Foyle: Alan Dunlop, Mary Hassan, Chris McCaw and John Lindsay.