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Local Government Elections

Volume 940: debated on Monday 28 November 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will specify the legal provisions governing; (a) ordinary council elections in Northern Ireland, and (b) by-elections to fill casual vacancies; and what electoral system is prescribed by each.

District council general and by-elections are held under the provisions of the Electoral Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1962 and the Northern Ireland (Local Elections) Order 1977. The procedure for filling casual vacancies is set out in Articles 8 and 9 of the order. The single transferable vote system is used at all contested elections.