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Count process underway in Omagh and Ballymena

The counting process is underway in Omagh for the 2017 Assembly election.

Higher turnouts have been reported across the West Tyrone, Mid Ulster and Fermanagh and South Tyrone constituencies, with traditionally nationalist areas performing well.

Turnout in Carrickmore was around the 80% mark, while 75-80% turnouts were reported in Kildress, Rock and Pomeroy, with Michelle O’Neill’s home polling station reporting arounf the 80%, slightly higher than Arlene Foster’s home turf in Brookeborough.

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Large turnouts were also reported across rural Fermanagh and South Tyrone.

Turnout in towns such as Omagh and Strabane was much lower than the rural areas, but still up on last year, when 59.9% of eligible votes were cast.

However a huge turnout was reported in Edenderry, just outside Omagh last night. The home polling station for UUP candidate Alicia Clarke, the turnout at 9.30pm was reported at 89%, potentially the highest in North for this election.

Ballots were opened in Omagh for the West Tyrone and Fermanagh and South Tyrone counts at 8am, with the same process for Mid Ulster ongoing in Ballymena.

The verification process will run through most of the morning, with counting beginning soon after.

Follow the Ulster Herald live blog for updates.

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