1977 Ballymoney Borough Council election
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All 16 seats to Ballymoney Borough Council
9 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Party UUP DUP Independent
Seats won 5 3 3
Seat change Increase 1 Increase 2 Steady

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Party SDLP Alliance Ind U
Seats won 3 1 1
Seat change Increase 1 Steady Decrease 3

  Seventh party
 
Party Independent Nationalist
Seats won 0
Seat change Decrease 1

Elections to Ballymoney Borough Council were held on 18 May 1977 on the same day as the other Northern Irish local government elections. The election used three district electoral areas to elect a total of 16 councillors.

Election results

Ballymoney Borough Council Election Result 1977[1]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  UUP 5 1 0 Increase1 31.3 29.4 2,479 Decrease3.9
  DUP 3 2 0 Increase2 18.8 19.2 1,621 Increase11.4
  Independent 3 1 1 Steady 18.8 24.8 2,087 Increase3.5
  SDLP 3 1 0 Increase1 18.8 15.1 1,274 Increase5.8
  Alliance 1 0 0 Steady 6.3 8.3 698 Decrease0.6
  Ind U 0 0 1 Decrease1 0.0 3.2 270 Decrease18.3

Note: "Votes" are the first preference votes.

Districts summary

Results of the Ballymoney Borough Council election, 1977
by district[1]
Ward %
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
Total
Cllrs
UUP DUP SDLP Alliance Others
Area A 37.6 2 42.5 2 0.0 0 10.2 0 9.7 0 4
Area B 37.1 3 18.1 1 30.6 3 0.0 0 14.2 1 8
Area C 7.6 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 22.0 0 70.4 3 4
Total 29.4 5 19.2 3 15.1 3 8.3 1 28.0 4 16

Districts results

Area A

1973: 1 x DUP, 1 x UUP, 1 x Independent Unionist, 1 x Independent
1977: 2 x DUP, 2 x UUP
1973-1977 Change: DUP gain from Independent, Independent Unionist joins UUP

Ballymoney Area A - 4 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5
DUP Robert Halliday 21.05% 430        
UUP Kenneth Bamford* 16.10% 329 372 372.36 395.36 411.36
DUP Ralph Stronge 10.96% 224 240 250.68 250.68 443.68
UUP Adam Taylor 13.71% 280 372 372.44 372.44 378.24
Alliance Hugh McFarland 10.18% 208 212 212.04 369.04 370.04
DUP David Hanna* 10.47% 214 216 221.6 223.6  
Independent Henry McCloy 9.69% 198 198 198    
UUP James Taylor 7.83% 160        
Electorate: 4,037   Valid: 2,043 (50.61%)   Spoilt: 75   Quota: 409   Turnout: 2,118 (52.46%)  

Area B

1973: 3 x UUP, 2 x SDLP, 2 x Independent Unionist, 1 x Independent Nationalist
1977: 3 x UUP, 3 x SDLP, 1 x DUP, 1 x Independent
1973-1977 Change: DUP, SDLP and Independent gain from UUP (two seats) and Independent Nationalist, Independent Unionists (two seats) join UUP

Ballymoney Area B - 8 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5
DUP Charles Steele 18.10% 753        
Independent Hugh Boyle 14.23% 592        
SDLP Daniel McAlonan 13.84% 576        
UUP William Logan* 11.39% 474        
UUP Joe Gaston* 8.96% 373 464.68      
SDLP Harry Connolly* 8.82% 367 367 421.6 473.8  
SDLP John Mulholland* 7.95% 331 331.96 384.74 444.34 445.26
UUP Patricia Ellis* 7.55% 314 350 355.72 355.72 491.18
UUP Robert Chestnutt* 5.65% 235 318.04 326.62 326.62 391.2
UUP Ronald McDowell 3.51% 146 224.24 227.1 227.9  
Electorate: 6,951   Valid: 4,161 (59.86%)   Spoilt: 96   Quota: 463   Turnout: 4,257 (61.24%)  

Area C

1973: 2 x Independent, 1 x Alliance, 1 x Independent Unionist
1977: 2 x Independent, 1 x Alliance, 1 x Independent Unionist
1973-1977 Change: No change

Ballymoney Area C - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4
Independent Robert McComb* 39.33% 875      
Independent Mary Holmes* 16.40% 365 526    
Alliance Brendan Smyth* 18.20% 405 440.36 448.72  
Ind U Frederick Holland* 12.13% 270 326.16 377.08 450.06
UUP Samuel Montgomery 7.55% 168 240.8 294.76 343.44
Independent Ernest Lee 2.56% 57 93.4 115.44  
Alliance John Greer 3.82% 85 92.28 96.84  
Electorate: 4,382   Valid: 2,225 (50.78%)   Spoilt: 73   Quota: 446   Turnout: 2,298 (52.44%)  

References

  1. ^ a b "Local Government Elections 1973-1981: Ballymoney". www.ark.ac.uk.
  2. ^ a b c "Local Government Results 1977". EONI. Retrieved 11 July 2021.