1998 Northern Ireland Assembly election

The 1998 election to the Northern Ireland Assembly took place on Thursday, 25 June 1998. This was the first election to the new devolved Northern Ireland Assembly. Six members from each of Northern Ireland's eighteen Westminster Parliamentary constituencies were elected by single transferable vote, giving a total of 108 Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

1998 Northern Ireland Assembly election
 1996 25 June 1998 2003 

All 108 seats to the Northern Ireland Assembly
55 seats needed for a majority
Turnout69.8%
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader David Trimble John Hume Ian Paisley
Party UUP SDLP DUP
Leader since 8 September 1995 28 November 1979 30 September 1971
Leader's seat Upper Bann Foyle North Antrim
Last election 30 seats, 24.2% 21 seats, 21.4% 24 seats, 18.8%
Seats won 28 24 20
Seat change 2 3 4
Popular vote 172,225 177,963 145,917
Percentage 21.3% 22.0% 18.5%
Swing 2.9% 0.6% 0.3%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Leader Gerry Adams John Alderdice Robert McCartney
Party Sinn Féin Alliance UK Unionist
Leader since 13 November 1983 3 October 1987 1995
Leader's seat Belfast West Belfast East North Down
Last election 17 seats, 15.5% 7 seats, 6.5% 3 seats, 3.7%
Seats won 18 6 5
Seat change 1 1 2
Popular vote 142,858 52,636 36,541
Percentage 16.7% 5.6% 4.5%
Swing 1.2% 0.9% 0.8%

  Seventh party Eighth party
 
Leader Hugh Smyth Monica McWilliams & Pearl Sagar
Party PUP NI Women's Coalition
Leader since 1979 1996
Leader's seat Ran in Belfast West (lost) Belfast South (McWilliams)
Ran in Belfast East (lost) (Sagar)
Last election 2 seats, 3.5% 2 seats, 1.0%
Seats won 2 2
Seat change
Popular vote 20,634 13,019
Percentage 2.6% 1.6%
Swing 0.9% 0.6%

Seats won by each party per constituency. Voters elect 6 assembly members from the 18 constituencies.

First Minister before election

New position

First Minister after election

David Trimble
UUP