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The final results are expected later on Saturday
The second day of counting is set to begin in Northern Ireland's council elections with two thirds of the 462 seats filled across 11 councils. The first day saw some surprising gains for Alliance and the Greens. The DUP had its first openly gay politician elected, while People Before Profit also made gains.Sinn Fein had a mixed set of results on the first day of counting, while the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) lost a number of seats.
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Source: BBCThe sister party of the Liberal Democrats in Great Britain, Alliance is Northern Ireland's main cross-community party, seeking to attract support from both Protestants and Catholics.
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In Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon District Council, Brian Pope of Alliance was elected following a marathon count that went on until 06:00 on Saturday morning.Elsewhere, the election of the DUP's first openly gay politician was welcomed by one of the party's senior politicians.Alison Bennington was elected to Antrim and Newtownabbey.Belfast East MP Gavin Robinson said it was a "good news story", despite assembly member Jim Wells claiming members were "shocked by the decision" to let her run.The SDLP had positive results in Derry and Strabane, with the party's Mary Durkan elected on her first foray into politics.SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said his party had done "very, very well" in the area and was pleased with the performance overall.The remaining 143 seats across Northern Ireland will be filled on Saturday.
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By-elections can take place in some council wards even if that council is not scheduled for elections this year. Check your council website for details.
The first results started to come in after 11:00 on Friday
BBC News NI is covering the latest election results and analysis on our website, mobile app and on Facebook and Twitter pages.A dedicated live page will keep you up to date as the results are announced.There will also be special election programmes on BBC Radio Ulster from 10:00 on Saturday.
The final results are not expected to be confirmed until Saturday night
Television coverage will be on BBC One Northern Ireland at 10:00 on Saturday, with an hour-long Sunday Politics programme on the same channel at 11:00 on Sunday.
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