Friday 18 July 2008

Election Results 1973–2007

The Electoral Office for Northern Ireland has recently put scans of all of the election results (except by-elections) that have taken place in Northern Ireland since 1973 on their web site. This is a treasure trove of detail for election-watchers which complements Nicholas White's impressive site on Northern Ireland elections.

Although no fault of the Electoral Office, the results can sometimes be hard to read, as the earlier ones are written by hand, and not always clearly. In addition, the early results give only the surname of the candidates, and not the given names, so it is not always clear who is who. By 1975, though, the Electoral Office had invested in a typewriter, and thereafter things get clearer. Download speed can be slow, as some of the files are large.

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