This is the shortened term for the. The British and Irish Governments worked with the politicians in Northern Ireland to agree a deal that set up the Northern Ireland Assembly and ended .
This is the piece of paper voters use to mark their choice of candidate in an. It lists the names of the candidates. In elections to the Assembly, voters put numbers beside the names of they would like to see elected. They put 1 for their first choice, 2 for second choice and so on.
Belfast Agreement/Good Friday Agreement
This is why we have the. The British and Irish Governments worked together with the politicians in Northern Ireland to come up with a deal that would work for everyone, ending .
A Bill is a proposal for a new. All Bills about local issues, called or , have to be passed by the before they become laws. Once passed, a Bill is called an Act.
These are people who are trying to get elected. Attime you will usually see posters with these people’s faces on them.
Attime, Northern Ireland is divided up into 18 areas called constituencies. Each constituency elects five . If you multiply 18 × 5, you get 90. This is the total number of MLAs.
This is when people vote to decide who they think would be the best people to run a country. Back in ancient Greek and Roman times, people used elections to decide leaders – but not all countries have elections today.
This is a group of people elected to debate issues and makefor the 28 countries in the European Union. The word ‘parliament’ comes from the French word ‘parler’, which means ‘to speak’.
This is made up of 28 countries in Europe. They work together on things like trade between countries.
Good Friday Agreement/Belfast Agreement
This is why we have the. The British and Irish Governments worked together with the politicians in Northern Ireland to come up with a deal that would work for everyone, ending ‘the Troubles’.
The government is made up of people who are elected to run a country.
These are rules that governments make to protect people and help things to run smoothly in a country or region.
These are people who are elected to work on local councils. They make decisions about things like leisure centres and bin collections.
Member of Parliament (MP)
Northern Ireland elects 18 Members of Parliament to work in the House of Commons in London. This is because the Government in London also makes decisions about Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom. It decides things like the currency we use and the amount of tax we pay.
Member of the European Parliament (MEP)
Northern Ireland elects three people to be Members of the European Parliament. MEPs makefor the 28 countries that are members of the European Union (EU).
Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA)
There are 90 politicians elected from all over Northern Ireland to become Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs). Their job is to work for us and makeand decisions that will mean Northern Ireland is a better place to live.
People who want Northern Ireland to join the Republic of Ireland
Northern Ireland Assembly
This is made up of 90who make for Northern Ireland. Its home is Parliament Buildings at Stormont Estate in Belfast.
This is where themeets, on the Stormont Estate in Belfast.
These are groups of people who get together because they share the same ideas about how a country should be run. Parties try to get people elected as. They do this by choosing to stand in Assembly .
This is a type ofthat can be used after there has been conflict like ‘the Troubles’. It means that the two sides share power and make decisions together about how to run a country.
People who are elected represent us. That means they listen to our views and try to make decisions andthat will be good for our community.
Single Transferable Vote
This is the method we use to elect. Voters choose by ranking them in order of preference. They put 1 beside their favourite, 2 beside their second favourite and so on. The votes are counted. The five candidates in each who reach a target number of votes are elected.
The period of violence in Northern Ireland that began in the late 1960s and ended with thein 1998.
United Kingdom (UK)
The United Kingdom is made up of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
People who want Northern Ireland to remain part of the
To make a choice. For example, when you vote in theelections, you choose the person you want to you at the Assembly from a number of .