Upper Bann: Agony for SDLP after Sinn Féin candidates edge out Dolores Kelly
Catherine Seeley, John O’Dowd and Doug Beattie all elected on Saturday evening
UPPER BANN CANDIDATES: Sydney Anderson (DUP); Doug Beattie (UUP); Jo-Anne Dobson (UUP); Roy Ferguson (TUV); Harry Hamilton (Alliance); Emma Hutchinson (NI Lab Rep); David Jones (Ukip); Dolores Kelly (SDLP); Martin Kelly (Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol); Simon Lee (Greens); Carla Lockhart (DUP); Sophie Long (PUP); Stephen McCarroll (Ind); Ian Keith Nickels (Conservatives); John O’Dowd (Sinn Féin); Kyle Savage (UUP); Catherine Seeley (Sinn Féin).
The constituency of Upper Bann was the last to be declared on Saturday evening, with Sinn Féin’s Catherine Seeley and outgoing education minister John O’Dowd, along with the UUP’s Doug Beattie, all being declared elected just before 5pm after the 11th count.
It eventually came down to a four-way fight for the final three seats, with former SDLP deputy leader Dolores Kelly losing out.
Upper Bann factfile
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Level: medium. Rank: 9 of 18
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Level: high. Rank: 6 of 18
On Friday night, just as the polls closed at Upper Bann for the night, the pro-cannabis candidate Martin Kelly had his hopes of election finally extinguished. The CISTA candidate was eliminated along with PUP candidate Sophie Long
Only two MLAs were elected in Upper Bann on Friday, both from the DUP - Ms Lockhart who topped the poll, and Ms Anderson who was elected on the second count.After some votes were recounted due to issues of verification, Ms Lockhart sailed through with 993 votes to spare.
Sinn Féin put a huge effort into getting two MLAs elected in this constituency.