Fermanagh and South Tyrone’s 12 election candidates have been casting their ballots in the North’s snap election today.
The local electorate is returning to the polls to select a new devolved Assembly for the second time in ten months.
Among the first to cast her ballot this morning was the DUP leader Arlene Foster who voted at Brookeborough Primary School. There was a large media presence as the former First Minister chatted with locals outside before visiting polling booths in Enniskillen. Turnout in Brookeborough, which was the highest polling station in all of the North last year stood at 21% at 12 noon. Also early on the go today was Richard Dunn of the NI Conservatives who voted in nearby Maguiresbridge.
The Ulster Unionist Rosemary Barton was voting this morning at St Joseph’s PS Ederney while Community Labour Alternative candidate Donal O’Cofaigh cast his vote at St Columban’s PS Belcoo.
Sinn Fein’s Jemma Dolan posed with family and supporters outside at St Martin’s PS in Garrison ahead of her ballot while her party colleague Sean Lynch voted in his native Lisnaskea.
The Green Party’s Tanya Jones left home to vote at Enniskillen Model Primary School, which was averaging an 18% turnout at 12 noon.
Polling stations across the constituency remain open until 10pm. Counting of votes gets underway at 8am tomorrow morning at Omagh Leisure Complex.