How do we elect MLAs?
Why do we write numbers onwhen electing MLAs to the Northern Ireland Assembly?
In an, we choose the people we want to make decisions on our behalf. Although we live in a , we can’t all have a say in every decision. So we elect people to form a and make laws and decisions that our views.
There are different ways to elect people. Inelections, put an X beside the name of one candidate they want to represent them in the . The candidate with the most Xs wins and becomes the for that constituency. This system is called .
In elections to the Assembly, toand to the , voters use numbers to rank candidates in order of preference: 1 for first choice, 2 for second choice and so on. Voters elect more than one candidate. In the Assembly elections, they elect five MLAs per constituency. This system is called .