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    Default NI Assembly and Local Goverment Elections Set for May 5th

    The next Stormont election will take place on May 5th 2011. Elections to the 26 local councils will take place the same day, the first since 2005.

    There could also be a third vote - a UK-wide referendum on the introduction of the Alternative Vote system for the Westminister elections.

    UTV News - Council and Assembly polls on 5 May

    So aside from the usual sectarian head-count what are the issues?
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    Quote Originally Posted by picador View Post
    The next Stormont election will take place on May 5th 2011. Elections to the 26 local councils will take place the same day, the first since 2005.

    There could also be a third vote - a UK-wide referendum on the introduction of the Alternative Vote system for the Westminister elections.

    UTV News - Council and Assembly polls on 5 May

    So aside from the usual sectarian head-count what are the issues?

    For Sinn Féin, the equality agenda will be key: better public services, the redistribution of wealth from rich to poor, and better investment in jobs for the least well off in society.

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    Reform of the asembly will surely be a priority issue? Reducing the number of representatives/contituencies? I'd say, whether or not Mr McGuinness or Mr Robinson is the first minister will be the main media focus for the next 9 months 11 days.

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    Will the UUP and SDLP gain ground ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cruimh View Post
    Will the UUP and SDLP gain ground ?
    They will both lose ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by factual View Post
    They will both lose ground.
    I think so as well.

    If they don't at least hold steady then both parties are in effect finished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by factual View Post
    For Sinn Féin, the equality agenda will be key: better public services, the redistribution of wealth from rich to poor, and better investment in jobs for the least well off in society.
    How do you plan to pay for all this?

    By going to the British taxpayer cap in hand?

    Furthermore this idea of redistribution of wealth is one which needs to be explored deeper. How do you propose to do this? By raising taxes on the "rich" in the middle of a recession?

    Given NI's severe reliance on the public sector, surely cuts will have to be made, how does this square with the better public services mantra?

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    The main issue will still be the economy, in my eyes. There needs to be a genuine push for the scaling back of the public sector and the developing of a wider private sector. Investment has to be sought for the creation of further jobs in Northern Ireland. On the election itself, I have a feeling Elliot will cut a deal with the UUP to ensure the return of a unionist first minister.
    Ulster Abu!

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    I think the TUV could surprise some people.

    They performed poorly at Westminster yes, but the Assembly elections are a totally different ball game.

    Jim Allister will almost certainly obtain enough votes personally to be elected to Stormont.

    I also, do not think SF will take the FM post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Jack View Post
    I think the TUV could surprise some people.

    They performed poorly at Westminster yes, but the Assembly elections are a totally different ball game.

    Jim Allister will almost certainly obtain enough votes personally to be elected to Stormont.

    I also, do not think SF will take the FM post.
    I don't know, the UUP have reaffirmed their conservative slant as of late so the Unionist electorate basically has a choice between bible thumpers, extreme bible thumpers, and nuts.

    The safest prediction is perhaps a low turnout.

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