Electoral/Political Party Reform: Northern Ireland Good Friday Agreement

Strand One: Democratic Institutions in Northern Ireland

The Assembly

2. A 108-member Assembly will be elected by PR (STV) from existing Westminster constituencies.

Implementation History

1998

Full Implementation

Before the Good Friday Agreement in 2008, elections of the Northern Ireland Assembly were held based on the Proportional Representation Single Transferable Vote or PR (STV) electoral system. As a matter of fact, Northern Ireland had this electoral system in place since 1985, the year in which the 1962 Election Lat Act (Part 4 of Schedule 1) was changed to a PR (STV) electoral system in the local elections.1 The Northern Ireland Act (1998), which was enacted as a result of the Good Friday Agreement, reaffirmed the existing PR (STV) electoral system for the election of members of the new Northern Ireland Assembly.2 The 1998 elections were held based on a PR (STV) electoral system.

1999

Full Implementation

The 1998 Act maintained the PR(STV) electoral system in Northern Ireland. Elections were held in 2007 based on this electoral system.

2000

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.

2001

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.

2002

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.

2003

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.

2004

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.

2005

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.

2006

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.

2007

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.