Day One: NI Election As It Happened

Day One: NI Election As It Happened

With votes in Northern Ireland's local government elections starting to be counted on Friday, UTV's live blog charted the results as they were returned - bringing the latest on the newly elected councillors and the reaction from the count centres in tweets, pictures and videos.

Tens of thousands of people went to the polls on Thursday to elect 462 councillors for the 11 new super councils and three European representatives.Voting closed at 10pm and verification of the election ballots took place on Friday morning ahead of the first council seats being declared later in the day.The full makeup of NI's new councils should be known by the end of Saturday.A total of 905 candidates are competing for 462 seats in what is the biggest reform of local government for decades with the existing 26 local councils being replaced with 11 super councils.Once elected, they will go into shadow form until April next year when they will take over from the current councils with enhanced powers and more responsibilities.Voters in England have also gone to the polls to decide more than 4,000 seats at 161 councils.The early results suggest that UKIP has made considerable gains in southern constituencies at the expense of the Conservatives and inroads in Labour's northern heartlands.People in the Republic of Ireland voted in the European election on Friday, in addition to local government elections and two Dáil by-elections.The results of the European vote will not be revealed until all 28 countries have voted and a central count is completed on Monday.For Android and iOS app users please click here.

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