Elections 2014 - Count underway at Lisburn

A total of 20 candidates will seek nine seats on Nenagh MDC
A total of 20 candidates will seek nine seats on Nenagh MDC

Counting is underway at Lisburn Leisureplex as candidates and supporters gather for the closing stages in the process to determine who will comprise the new Lisburn City and Castlereagh District Council.

Castlereagh East, with six members to be elected, is expected to be the first of the seven district electoral areas to yield figures as to turnout.

Kilulltagh, Downshire East and Downshire West will follow later in the afternoon.

Stormont Health Minister and Lagan Valley MLA Edwin Poots has been on hand in support of DUP candidates, not least his son, sitting Councillor Luke Poots, hoping to secure a seat in Downshire East.

The likely fortunes of Lagan Valley MLA Basil McCrea’s crisis-hit NI21 party - fielding 12 candidates - is subject to a great deal of speculation, with rumours doing the rounds that the party has in fact polled comparatively well in the circumstances.

It’s early days, but the resulting question on many lips is ‘How well might the party have done but for recent controversy?’