Northern Ireland count

Counting in West Tyrone has finished for the night after more than 12 hours with no winners declared, reports Rodney Edwards.

Sinn Fein’s Barry McElduff has taken the lead by six votes over Tom Buchanan of the Democratic Unionist Party, but none of the candidates have yet reached the 5,845 quota.

However, it is expected that there will be little change in the constituency when counting resumes in the morning and that both Mr McElduff and Mr Buchanan will retain their Assembly seats.

Sorcha McAnespy, who quit Sinn Fein to stand in the election, and Patsy Kelly, who quit the SDLP just weeks ago, have both been eliminated from the race.

Josephine Deehan also quit the party weeks before the election and was eliminated on the seventh count.

It is now down to the final eight after 10 of the 18 candidates were eliminated, including Roger Lomas of the Conservatives, Independent Susan Anne White and Laura McAnea of the Animal Welfare Party.

Ross Hussey from the Ulster Unionist Party is expected to retain his seat, as is Daniel McCrossan of the SDLP.

Overall there is expected to be little change in the make-up of West Tyrone when counting resumes.

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