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Absent Voting

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have applied for a postal vote in each Northern Ireland constituency for the forthcoming election to the Assembly; and how many applied for such a facility in (a) the last general election and (b) previous Assembly election. (123491)

The following table gives the breakdown by constituency of how many people have been issued with postal ballot papers. Figures for the number of postal ballot papers applied for are not available.

Postal ballot papers issued

Constituency

NI Assembly election 2003

Westminster parliamentary election 2005

NI Assembly election 20071

Belfast East

446

584

426

Belfast North

503

570

445

Belfast South

502

681

441

Belfast West

446

743

811

East Antrim

397

622

429

East Londonderry

1,288

1,647

988

Fermanagh and South Tyrone

3,600

4,559

3,375

Foyle

1,091

2,515

1,308

Lagan Valley

798

1,087

784

Mid Ulster

2,174

2,891

2,183

Newry and Armagh

1,416

1,873

1,226

North Antrim

893

1,444

971

North Down

496

727

393

South Antrim

480

711

524

South Down

1,462

2,041

1,318

Strangford

632

861

540

Upper Bann

1,015

1,162

803

West Tyrone

2,330

2,962

2,345

Total

19,969

27,680

19,310

1 Does not include postal votes issued after the application deadline of 27 February 2007 due to unforeseen illness.