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The list of candidates contesting the Westminster general election in the West Belfast constituency has been finalised. The seat is currently held by Gerry Adams, the president of Sinn Féin. The election takes place on June 7th 2001. The candidates are as follows...
Local Government Election 2001
Elections to the twenty-six local councils take place on the same day as the Westminster general election. Voting is by the single transferable vote system of proportional representation. In the Westminster election, a voter expresses a single choice for one candidate in a single-seat constituency and the candidate with the greatest number of votes is deemed elected. Under STV, voters list preferences among the candidates in order; 1 for their first choice, 2 for their second choice and so on. Most electoral areas have five or six seats. To be deemed elected, candidates have to reach a quota which is calculated from the total number of votes cast, divided by the number of seats plus one. Extra votes from surpluses or the second preferences from eliminated candidates are redistributed according to voters' choice. It can often take two or more days of counting, redistributing and recounting before all the candidates are elected.
Our parliamentary candidate, David Kerr is also standing for a council seat in the Court Electoral Area in West Belfast. The full candidate list follows. Candidates in red are outgoing councillors seeking re-election.
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