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Poll candidate line-up revealed
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Elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly take place on 7 March
Nearly 250 candidates are standing in the Northern Ireland Assembly election on 7 March.

The poll will elect 108 Members of the Legislative Assembly across 18 constituencies.

The government hopes the March election will set the scene for a return to devolution. A power-sharing executive is due to be formed on 26 March.

The Electoral Office has published the full list of candidates on its website. The address is: www.eoni.org.uk.

There are 46 DUP candidates, 38 Ulster Unionist, 37 Sinn Fein, 35 SDLP and 18 Alliance candidates.

ELECTION AT A GLANCE
Election on 7 March
108 MLAs across 18 constituencies
Power-sharing must be restored by 26 March

There are also 13 UKUP candidates - which includes the party leader standing in six different constituencies - 13 Green Party, nine Conservative and six Workers Party candidates.

The Make Politicians History Party is fielding the same candidate in the four Belfast constituencies, whilst the Progressive Unionist Party is running three candidates and there are two for the Socialist Party.

There is one candidate each for the following parties: Labour, People Before Profit, Pro-capitalism, Social Environmental Alliance and UKIP.

There are 26 independent candidates, which includes six Republican Sinn Fein candidates. They are being treated by the Electoral Office as independents, because they are not registered as a political party.

One of the independents is standing in two constituencies.

BBC Northern Ireland political editor Mark Devenport said: "A novelty this time is the decision of some candidates to fight multiple seats.

"Quite what happens if any of these candidates were to be successful in more than one seat isn't exactly clear."





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