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Key to party names
About 20 different parties and groupings will contest the election to the Northern Ireland Assembly on 26 November 2003.

In all, 256 candidates are nominated for the poll that will elect 108 MLAs or Members of the Legislative Assembly.

However, a power-sharing executive will not be re-established at Stormont after the election. Instead, a review of the workings of the Good Friday Agreement and a further round of negotiations is expected to begin.

Below is a guide to the abbreviations being used by BBC News Online to identify the candidates in the election. These abbreviations will feature in past results tables, constituency pages and results tables.


Alliance Party of Northern Ireland - AP

Community and Environmental Conservation Campaign - CECC

Conservative Party - CON

Democratic Unionist Party - DUP

Green Party - GP

Independent - IND

Independent Community - IC

Labour - LAB

Natural Law Party - NLP

Northern Ireland Women's Coalition - NIWC

Northern Ireland Unionist Party - NIUP

Pro-Agreement - PA

Progressive Unionist Party - PUP

Sinn Fein - SF

Social Democratic and Labour Party - SDLP

Socialist Environmental Alliance - SEA

Socialist Party - SP

Ulster Democratic Unionist Party - UDP (no longer exists)

Ulster Independence - UI

Ulster Independent Voice - UIV

Ulster Third Way - UTW

Ulster Unionist Party - UUP

United Kingdom Unionist Party - UKUP

United Unionist Coalition - UU COAL (formerly the UUAP)

Vote For Yourself Party - VFYP

Workers Party - WP






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