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Overview

The Northern Ireland Assembly represents the people of Northern Ireland. It has the power to make decisions and pass laws in certain areas, known as devolved matters. This includes areas such as education economic development, the environment and health.

The UK Parliament makes decisions on reserved matters, such as broadcasting and import and export laws, and could transfer responsibility for these to the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Areas such as defence and taxation are excepted matters. The UK Parliament is responsible for excepted matters. 

There are 90 elected Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs). Each of Northern Ireland’s 18 constituencies has five MLAs to represent it.

Who can vote in these elections

Last updated: 14 April 2021
Next review: 15 February 2022

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