Flag row partly behind sharp rise in votes cast, says Assembly member

Tom Elliott

Tom Elliott

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Although little more than half the eligible population bothered to cast a European vote, it was still a sizeable increase on the previous such election in Northern Ireland.

All told, there were 635,927 votes cast, compared with 488,891 the last time around – spelling an increase in turnout from a fairly dismal 42.8 per cent to 51.8 per cent.

UUP MLA Tom Elliott said the removal of the Union Flag from City Hall had been a wake-up call for some.


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