The 1984 European elections

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The first preference votes cast in the European election in Northern Ireland on 14 June 1984 (see spreadsheet):

Democratic Unionist Party (Rev Ian Paisley MP MEP MANI)
230,251 (33.6%)
Social Democratic and Labour Party (John Hume MP MEP MANI)
151,399 (22.1%)
Ulster Unionist Party (John Taylor MP MEP MANI)
147,169 (21.5%)
Sinn Féin (Danny Morrison MANI)
91,476 (13.3%)
Alliance Party (David Cook MANI)
34,046 (5.0%)
Ulster Popular Unionist Party (James Kilfedder MANI)
20,092 (2.9%)
Workers Party (Seamus Lynch)
8,712 (1.3%)
Ecology Party (Colin McGuigan)
2,172 (0.3%)
Turnout was 696,994 of the 1,065,363 electorate. 11,654 votes were invalid; 685,317 votes were valid. The quota was 171,330.

NB I have used the abbreviation MANI to indicate candidates who were elected to the 1982-86 Assembly. Paisley was elected in North Antrim; Hume in Londonderry; Taylor and Kilfedder in North Down; Morrison in Mid Ulster; and Cook in South Belfast. Paisley, Hume and Taylor represented North Antrim, Foyle and Strangford respectively at Westminster.
Transfers: Stage 2
The DUP candidate (Paisley) was declared elected on the first count as his votes exceeded the quota (171,330).

Paisley's votes were then distributed to the next available preference as follows:

Transfers: Stage 3
Although the UUP had a surplus of over 14,000, this would not have been enough to save the Workers Party even combined with the Ecology Party's votes, so the latter two were eliminated and their votes transferred as follows:
Transfers: Stage 4
The UUP surplus and Alliance votes combined could not possibly take the UPUP ahead of Sinn Féin, so the Alliance and UPUP candidates were eliminated and their votes transferred as follows:

Past elections


This graph shows the performances of the main parties in the five direct elections to the European parliament held so far (NB that the 2004 result in yellow is that of independent candidate John Gilliland, not the Alliance Party). You can find a summary of the results of the five most recent NI elections at all levels on this site's home page and on a different page is a summary of NI election results since 1973.

See also:

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Nicholas Whyte, 18 April 2004

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