On Thursday (28 June) the voters of Ulster go to the polls to elect a new assembly, to replace the suspended provincial parliament known as Storment.
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Background: On Thursday (28 June) the voters of Ulster go to the polls to elect a new assembly, to replace the suspended provincial parliament known as Storment.
Two hundred and ten candidates from 18 political groupings will be seeking election to the 78-seat assembly. The main issue of the campaign has been the feasibility or otherwise of the British Government's proposals for the future of the province, as outlined in the recent White Paper.
Broadly in support of the British Government's Proposals are the Official Unionist Party, mainly Protestant supported and led by former Prime Minister Brian Faulkner, the mainly Catholic Social Democratic and Labour Party, the moderate Alliance Party and the Northern Ireland Labour Party.
Against the proposal are the extremes of both sides; the protestant Vanguard Unionist Progressive Party led by former minister William Craig, the Reverend lan Paisley's Democratic Unionist Party and the political wings of the mainly military groups, the Protestant Ulster Defence Association and the official and provisional branches of the Catholic Irish Republican Army.(IRA).
The IRA supporters have been urging voters to spoil their ballot papers to indicate their opposition to the link with Britain. But already 120,000 of Ulster's million voters have applied for postal votes.
Security measures will be intensive. All police leave has been cancelled and 16,000 British soldiers will be on duty. No parking will be allowed near the polling stations and no one will be allowed to bring parcels into the polling stations. It is hoped that these measures will prevent bombs being exploded at polling stations.
First results are expected on Friday afternoon (29 June), but the full results will not be known until late Saturday (30 June).