According to unionist sources, voters of all hues in Fermanagh and South Tyrone seem to have turned out in even higher numbers than in 2010, when it had by far the highest turnout of any Northern Ireland seat – 68.9 per cent.
The much debated UUP-DUP pact sees former Ulster Unionist Tom Elliott attempting to unseat Sinn Fein’s Michelle Gildernew, buoyed by the oh-so-close attempt by joint unionist candidate Rodney Connor in 2010.
The most marginal seat in the UK, the republican party took the seat by an incredible single vote on that occasion, after four recounts and a legal challenge.
The average turnout across Northern Ireland in 2010 was only 57.52 per cent by comparison to Fermanagh’s 68.9 per cent. Reportedly, provisional figures for unionist turnouts this year was even higher in some areas than 2010, with well over 70 per cent in the mainly unionist villages of Ballinamallard, Kesh and Lisbellaw.
But Sinn Fein reportedly also smell danger, with the mainly republican area of Rosslea showing an impressive turnout of over 80 per cent. Tom and Michelle had still to show by 11pm.