1973 Ballymena Borough Council election
May 30, 1973 (1973-05-30) 1977 →

All 21 seats to Ballymena Borough Council
11 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Party UUP DUP Ind U
Seats won 9 5 3

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Party Independent Alliance Vanguard
Seats won 2 1 1

Elections to Ballymena Borough Council were held on 30 May 1973 on the same day as the other Northern Irish local government elections. The election used four district electoral areas to elect a total of 21 councillors.

Election results

Party Seats ± First Pref. votes FPv% ±%
UUP 9 8,688 37.9%
DUP 5 5,607 37.9%
Ind U 3 2,142 9.3%
Independent 2 3,324 14.5%
Alliance 1 1,469 6.4%
Vanguard 1 1,276 5.6%
NI Labour 0 438 1.9%
Totals 21 22,944 100%

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Districts summary

Results of the Ballymena Borough Council election, 1973
by district[1]
Ward %
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
Total
Cllrs
UUP DUP Alliance Vanguard Others
Area A 45.3 2 13.6 1 2.3 0 0.0 0 38.8 1 4
Area B 16.0 1 39.1 2 5.3 0 0.0 0 39.6 3 6
Area C 40.9 3 18.4 1 4.5 0 22.4 1 13.8 0 5
Area D 50.8 3 22.8 1 11.7 1 0.0 0 14.7 1 6
Total 37.9 9 24.2 5 6.4 1 5.6 1 25.9 5 21

Districts results

Area A

1973: 2 x UUP, 1 x DUP, 1 x Independent Unionist

Ballymena Area A - 4 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6
UUP Thomas Hume 21.74% 934          
Ind U Clifford Davison 20.81% 894          
UUP Thomas McCaughey 14.87% 639 666 1,036      
DUP William Wilson 13.64% 586 592 612 759.4 818.57 849.95
Independent J. J. O'Hagan 17.99% 773 792 794 822.6 835.02 835.46
UUP D. McCarthy 8.70% 374 409        
Alliance S. O. Nesbitt 2.26% 97          
Electorate: 6,576   Valid: 4,297 (65.34%)   Spoilt: 57   Quota: 860   Turnout: 4,354 (66.21%)  

Area B

1973: 2 x UUP, 2 x Independent Unionist, 1 x DUP, 1 x Independent

Ballymena Area B - 4 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6
Independent A. Simpson 22.30% 1,390          
DUP Sandy Spence 20.07% 1,251          
DUP Roy Gillespie 19.06% 1,188          
UUP W. Dickey 11.78% 734 930.8        
Ind U Hugh Simpson 7.49% 467 541 648.3 728.34 814.64 894.12
Ind U Thomas Smyth 6.03% 376 431.6 504.1 607.6 693.1 786.54
UUP W. O. Given 4.19% 261 305.8 433.98 481.36 569.28 685.18
Alliance Maeve Kyle 5.30% 330 398.4 413.48 420.38 435.78  
Independent W. R. McNeilly 3.77% 235 291 324.64 378    
Electorate: 9,474   Valid: 6,232 (65.78%)   Spoilt: 61   Quota: 891   Turnout: 6,293 (66.42%)  

Area C

1973: 3 x UUP, 1 x DUP, 1 x Vanguard

Ballymena Area C - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Vanguard David Allen 20.65% 1,169                    
DUP John McAuley 18.35% 1,039                    
UUP George Sloane 17.20% 974                    
UUP A. Hyndman 8.76% 496 514.24 521.17 525.69 551.96 559.58 616.08 621.47 687.04 750.6 823.03
UUP W. McWilliams 8.21% 465 477.92 484.58 489.15 513.53 523.58 565.82 570.23 639.26 693.06 744.59
UUP F. McNeill 6.73% 381 390.88 394.03 394.22 416.31 421.68 437.53 438.56 491.07 524.02 566.39
Alliance M. M. McAleese 4.49% 254 255.33 255.33 259.33 265.33 265.93 272.14 418.23 449.66 453.36  
Vanguard Elizabeth Roulton 1.89% 107 264.51 329.04 329.23 348.44 349.7 377.8 382.08 400.1    
Ind U William Simpson 3.74% 212 216.37 218.62 219.8 241.74 243.9 274.19 298.19      
NI Labour F. R. Kelly 3.06% 173 174.14 174.5 213.59 226.59 226.71 238.86        
Ind U Robert McCosh 3.41% 193 199.84 205.87 206.96 211.15 212.92          
Independent J. Montgomery 2.54% 144 147.23 148.67 149.67              
NI Labour B. Galbraith 0.97% 55 57.85 58.21                
Electorate: 9,068   Valid: 5,662 (62.44%)   Spoilt: 89   Quota: 944   Turnout: 5,751 (63.42%)  

Area D

1973: 3 x UUP, 1 x DUP, 1 x Alliance, 1 x Independent

Ballymena Area D - 6 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
UUP Samuel Henry 34.37% 2,321                
DUP Maurice Mills 19.81% 1,338                
Independent Patrick Burke 11.58% 782 823.18 826.54 903.82 907.82 955.46 967.36    
UUP R. L. D. Pinkerton 2.71% 183 555.94 574.98 579.58 625.38 653.44 912.32 1,065.32  
UUP David Thompson 5.29% 357 663.24 678.64 688.96 790.46 813.4 890.72 1,063.72  
Alliance J. O'Mullan 7.48% 505 527.04 528.72 577.58 580.9 770.64 804.86 830.76 ????
DUP H. S. Roulton 3.04% 205 266.48 574.2 584.22 594.58 597.86 617.8 694.34 ????
UUP J. D. Walker 4.07% 275 420 427 429.58 517.1 531.26 565.92    
UUP John Magaughin 1.91% 129 368.54 376.66 388 416.36 428.68      
Alliance Phyllis Doloughan 4.19% 283 297.5 298.06 339.34 346.36        
UUP Dorothy Smith 2.44% 165 283.32 287.8 292.68          
NI Labour S. McQuiston 1.64% 111 126.08 127.2            
NI Labour J. A. Rooney 1.47% 99 99 100.96            
Electorate: 10,323   Valid: 6,753 (65.42%)   Spoilt: 91   Quota: 965   Turnout: 6,844 (66.30%)  

References

  1. ^ a b "Local Government Elections 1973 - 1981: Ballymena". Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d "Local Government Results 1973". EONI. Retrieved 9 July 2021.