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Election 2014

The local election was held on 22 May 2014

60 councillors were elected, which is nine more than our current total of 51.

The increased number of councillors will represent the new Belfast boundary area, which will be larger after taking in parts of Lisburn, Castlereagh and North Down.

The councillors will form a 'shadow council' with the power to make key decisions, like appointing senior staff, setting rates and approving business and financial plans for the new council. It will operate in shadow form until 31 March 2015, before officially taking over as the new Belfast council on 1 April 2015.

  • To find which electoral ward you are in, visit NI Direct

District electoral areas and electoral wards

District electoral area (DEA)Electoral wards 
BalmoralBelvoir, Finaghy, Malone, Musgrave and Upper Malone  
Black Mountain  Andersonstown, Ballymurphy, Beechmount, Collin Glen, Falls Park, Shaw’s Road and Turf Lodge
Botanic Blackstaff, Central, Ormeau, Stranmillis and Windsor
Castle Bellevue, Cavehill, Chichester Park, Duncairn, Fortwilliam and Innisfayle
Collin Dunmurry, Ladybrook, Lagmore, Poleglass, Stewartstown and Twinbrook
Court Ballygomartin, Clonard, Falls, Forth River, Shankill and Woodvale
Lisnasharragh
Cregagh, Hillfoot, Merok, Orangefield, Ravenhill and Rosetta 
Oldpark Ardoyne, Ballysillan, Cliftonville, Legoniel, New Lodge, and Water Works
Ormiston Belmont, Garnerville, Gilnahirk, Knock, Sandown, Shandon and Stormont
Titanic Ballymacarrett, Beersbridge, Bloomfield, Connswater, Sydenham and Woodstock

Nominations

Election agents

Post election timetable

EventDeadline
Receipt by candidates and agents of claims for election expenses21 calendar days after the result of the election is declared 
Payment by candidates and agents of claims for election expenses28 calendar days after the result of the election is declared
Receipt of return and declaration of election expenses by election agent35 calendar days after the result of the election is declared
Receipt of candidates' declaration of election expenses 7 calendar days after receipt of the agent’s declaration (or at the same time election agent delivers return). If the candidate is out of the UK, the declaration shall be delivered 14 calendar days after their return.
Receipt of candidates' declaration of election expenses. Publication in two or more newspapers circulating in the District Electoral Area where the election was held, a summary of the returns accompanied by a notice of the time and place at which the return and declarations (including the accompanying documents) can be inspected.10 calendar days after receipt from the election agent of return as to election expenses