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Local Elections 2019: Live updates from Banbridge and Newry as counting begins

Local ABC Council election count

Polls closed at 10pm across Northern Ireland on Thursday night.

And now it’s down to the business of counting.

There are 41 seats up for grabs in the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council as there is in Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.

The counting is taking place in Banbridge and Newry for each Council area and we’ll be bringing you live updates throughout the day.

The verification of votes will begin early today (Friday) before counting officially begins, with the first results expected in the late afternoon.

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However, the final results are not expected to be confirmed until Saturday night.

There will be inevitable change in both Council areas but just how much, time will tell. So stay tuned for all the latest breaking news as it happens.

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