The Local Government Elections 1973-1981: Ballymena

Map by Conal Kelly

The Elections

1981 Results 1977 Results (no contest held in B) 1973 Results
Votes by Party:
DUP: 12,739 (55.5%), 13 Councillors
UUP: 6,886 (30.0%), 5 Councillors
Independent: 3,228 (14.1%), 3 Councillors
UUUP: 108 (0.5%)

Votes by Party:
DUP/UUUC: 5,175 (40.1%), 7 (+4) Councillors
UUP: 2,523 (19.5%), 2 (+2) Councillors
Non Party: 1,800 (13.9%), 2 Councillors
Ind U: 850 (6.6%), 1 Councillor
Alliance: 672 (5.2%), 1 Councillor
U RTPY: 635 (4.9%), 1 Councillor
Loy Utd: 162 (1.3%)
Independent: 1,092 (8.5%), 1 Councillor

Votes by Party:
UUP: 8,688 (37.9%), 9 Councillors
DUP: 5,607 (24.2%), 5 Councillors
Non Party: 2,824 (12.3%), 3 Councillors
Alliance: 1,469 (6.4%), 1 Councillor
VUP: 1,276 (5.6%), 1 Councillor
NILP: 438 (1.9%)
Independent: 2,642 (11.5%) 2 Councillors

Electorate: 37,232; votes cast: 23,604; spoilt votes: 643 (2.7%); valid votes: 22,961 (97.3%) Electorate: 27,380 (37,009); votes cast: 13,347; spoilt votes: 438 (3.3%); valid votes: 12,909 (96.7%) Electorate: ; votes cast: 23242; spoilt votes: 298 (%); valid votes: 22944(%)

Ballymena A

1981 results (spreadsheet)

First Count:
D. Armstrong (UUP) 964
J. Woulahan (Ind) 824
J. Armstrong (DUP) 823
J.W. McKay (UUP) 640
S.J. Hanna (DUP) 583

J. Millar (DUP) 410
Votes by Party:
DUP: 1,816 (42.8%), 2 seats
UUP: 1,604 (37.8%), 1 seat
Independent: 824 (19.4%), 1 seat

Electorate: 5,861; seats: 4; votes cast: 4,365; spoilt votes: 121 (2.8%); valid votes: 4,244 (97.2%); quota: 849

1977 results (spreadsheet)

First Count:
J. Woulahan (Ind) 784
W.F.J. Turtle (DUP/UUUC) 725
J.Millar (DUP/UUUC) 584
T. Hume (UUP) 516
T.J. McCaughey (UUP) 496
L. Cubitt (Ind) 308
W.J.Wilson (Loy Utd) 162
Votes by Party:
DUP/UUUC: 1,309 (36.6%), 2 seats
UUP: 1,012 (28.3%), 1 seat
Loy Utd: 162 (4.5%)
Independent: 1,092 (30.5%), 1 seat

Electorate: 5,920; seats: 4; votes cast: 3,654; spoilt votes: 79 (2.2%); valid votes: 3,575 (97.8%); quota: 716

1973 Results (spreadsheet)

First Count:
T. Hume (UUP) 934
C. Davison (Ind) 894

J.J. O'Hagan Ind) 773
T.J. McCaughey (UUP) 639

W.J. Wilson (DUP) 586
D. McCarthy (UUP) 374
S.O. Nesbitt (Alliance) 97
Votes by Party:
UUP: 1,947 (45.3%), 2 seats
DUP: 586 (13.6%), 1 seat
Alliance: 97 (2.3%)
Independent: 1,667 (38.8%), 1 seat

Electorate: 6,576; seats: 4; votes cast: 4.354; spoilt votes: 57 (1.3%); valid votes: 4,297 (98.7%); quota: 860

Ballymena B

1981 Results (spreadsheet)

First Count:
R. Gillespie (DUP) 1,254
S. Spence(DUP) 981
J. Greer (DUP) 853
T. Nicholt (DUP) 740

H. Nicholt (DUP) 616
H.J. Simpson (UUP) 537
W.T. Wright (UUP) 464

R.G.T. Nelson (UUP) 413
T.J. Smyth (UUP) 402
J.G. Sutter (UUP) 271

Votes by Party:
DUP: 4,444 (68.0%), 4 seats
UUP: 2,087 (32.0%), 2 seats

Electorate: 9,994; seats: 6; votes cast: 6,771; spoilt votes: 240 (3.5%); valid votes: 6,531 (96.5%); quota: 934

1977 results (spreadsheet)

First Count:
R. Gillespie (DUP/UUUC)
J. Greer (DUP/UUUC)
H. Nicholl (DUP/UUUC)
S.Spence (DUP/UUUC)
H.J. Simpson (UUP)
Smyth (UUP)
Votes by Party:
No Contest
Elected unopposed

Electorate: 9,629; seats: 6; votes cast: ; spoilt votes: (%); valid votes: (%); quota:

1973 results (spreadsheet)

First Count:
A. Simpson (Non Party) 1,390
A. Spence (DUP) 1,251
R. Gillespie (DUP) 1,188
W. Dickey (UUP) 734
H. Simpson (Non Party) 467
T.J. Smyth (Non Party) 376

Mrs Maeve Kyle (Alliance) 330
W.O. Given (UUP) 261
W.R. McNeilly (Non Party) 235
Votes by Party:
Non Party: 2,468 (39.6%), 3 seats
DUP: 2,439 (39.1%), 2 seats
UUP: 995 (16%), 1 seat
Alliance: 330 (5.3%)

Electorate: 9,474; seats: 6; votes cast: 6293; spoilt votes: 61 (1%); valid votes: 6232 (99%); quota: 891

Ballymena C

1981 results (spreadsheet)

First Count:
R. West (DUP) 1,082
M. Clarke (DUP) 978
E. Maternaghan (DUP) 825
J. McCauley (DUP) 825

Dr. W. Browlees (UUP) 815

W.H. Simpson (UUP) 694
W.H. McConnell (UUP) 243
E.V. Johnston (UUUP) 108
Votes by Party:
DUP: 3,710 (66.6%), 4 seats
UUP: 1,752 (31.5%), 1 seat
UUUP: 108 (1.9%)

Electorate: 9,902; seats: 5; votes cast: 5,713; spoilt votes: 143 (2.5%); valid votes: 5,570 (97.5%); quota: 929

1977 results (spreadsheet)

First Count:
J. McAuley (DUP/UUUC) 928
G.G. Sloane (Ind U) 850
D. Mc Burney (DUP/UUUC) 762
D. Allen (U RTPY) 635
A.E. (DUP/UUUC) 383

W.H. Simpson (UUP) 323
R. McCosh (UUP) 224
Votes by Party:
DUP/UUUC: 2,073 (50.5%), 3 seats
Ind U: 850 (20.7%), 1 seat
U Ratepayers party: 635 (15.5%), 1 seat
UUP: 547 (13.3%)


Electorate: 9,715; seats: 5; votes cast: 4,288; spoilt votes: 183 4.3(%); valid votes: 4,105 (95.7%); quota: 685

1973 results (spreadsheet)

First Count:
D. Allen (VUP) 1,169
J. McAuley (DUP) 1,039
G.G. Sloan (UUP) 974
A. Hyndman (UUP) 496
W. McWilliams (UUP) 465
F. McNeill (UUP) 381
M.M. McAleese (Alliance) 254
W.H. Simpson (Non Party) 212
R. McCosh (Ind) 193
F.R. Kelly (NILP) 173
J. Montgomery (Non Party) 144
Mrs Elizabeth Roulton (VUP) 107
B. Galbraith (NILP) 55

Votes by Party:
UUP: 2,316 (40.9%), 3 seats
VUP: 1,276 (22.4%), 1 seat
DUP: 1,039 (18.4%), 1 seat
Non Party: 356 (6.3%)
Alliance: 254 (4.5%)
NILP: 228 (4%)
Independent: 193 (3.4%)

Electorate: 9,068; seats: 5; votes cast: 5,751; spoilt votes: 89 (1.5%); valid votes: 5,662 (98.5%); quota: 944

Ballymena D

1981 results (spreadsheet)

First Count:
P.J. Burke (Ind) 1,331
M. Mills (DUP) 1,113
J. Alaxander (DUP) 898
S.C. Henry (Ind) 790
R. Maternaghan (DUP) 758
G. Wilson (UUP) 547

K.R. Wood (UUP) 501
J. Rainey (UUP) 395
S.D. Barr (Ind)
283

Votes by Party:
DUP: 2,769 (41.9%), 3 seats
Independent: 2,404 (36.3%), 2 seats
UUP: 1,443 (21.7%), 1 seat

Electorate: 11,475; seats: 6; votes cast: 6,755; spoilt votes: 139 (2.1%); valid votes: 6,616 (97.9%); quota: 946

1977 results (spreadsheet)

First Count:
P.J. Burke (Non Party) 990
S.C. Henry (Non Party) 810
W.A. Rainey (UUP) 674
Mrs M. Lamont (Alliance) 672
M. Mills (DUP/UUUC) 637
J. Alexander (DUP/UUUC) 607

R. McAuley (DUP/UUUC) 549
D. Thompson (UUP) 290
Votes by Party:
Non Party: 1,800 (34.4%), 2 seats
DUP/UUUC: 1,793 (34.3%), 2seats
UUP: 964 (18.4%), 1 seat
Alliance: 672 (12.0%), 1 seat

Electorate: 11,745; seats: 6; votes cast: 5,405; spoilt votes: 176 (3.3%); valid votes: 5,229 (96.7%); quota: 748

1973 results (spreadsheet)

First Count:
S.C. Henry (UUP) 2,321
M.T. Mills (DUP) 1.338
P.J. Burke (Ind) 782
J. O'Mullan (Alliance) 505

D. Thompson (UUP) 357
Phyllis Doloughan (Alliance) 283
J.D. Walker (UUP) 275
H.S. Roulton (DUP) 205
R.L.D. Pinkerton (UUP) 183
Mrs Dorothy Smith (UUP) 165
John Magaughin (UUP) 129
S. McQuiston (NILP) 111
J.A. Rooney (NILP) 99
Votes by Party:
UUP: 3,430 (50.8%), 3 seats
DUP: 1,543 (22.8%), 1 seat
Alliance: 788 (11.7%), 1 seat
Indepedent: 782 (7.1%), 1 seat
NILP: 210 (3.1%)

Electorate: 10,323; seats: 6; votes cast: 6,844; spoilt votes: 91 (1.3%); valid votes: 6,753 (98,7%); quota: 965

 


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