Daniel McCrossan has been the first candidate to be elected in West Tyrone.
After almost 17 hours of counting over two days, it was the transfers from the SDLP man’s former colleague Josephine Deehan that got him across the line.
Allan Bresland has now been eliminated after stage 8.
Deehan’s transfers proved crucial in jumping Sinn Fein’s Declan McAleer and Grace McDermott ahead of the DUP man.
Declan McAleer is now on 4,009 votes, with his party colleague Grace McDermott on 3,974, leaving a tense finale for who gets the third Sinn Fein seat.
Bresland’s transfers should secure seats for fellow unionists Tom Buchanan (DUP) and Ross Hussey (UUP) at the next stage.
— Mark McKelvey (@MarkMcKelveyUH) May 7, 2016
RESULT AFTER STAGE 8 IN WEST TYRONE
BRESLAND, ALLAN (DUP) 3,952
BROWN, BARRY (CISTA) – excluded after stage 4
DEEHAN, JOSEPHINE (IND) – excluded after stage 7
DONNELLY, STEPHEN (ALLIANCE) – excluded after stage 3
FRENCH, COREY (IND) – exlcuded after count 2
HUSSEY, ROSS (UUP) – 4,848
KELLY, PATSY (IND) – excluded after count 6
LOMAS, ROGER (CONSERVATIVES) – excluded after count 1
McANEA, LAURA (ANIMAL WELFARE PARTY) – excluded after count 2
McANESPEY, SORCHA (IND) – excluded after count 6
McCLEAN, CIARAN (GREEN PARTY) – excluded after count 5
McCROSSAN, DANIEL (SDLP) 5,552 (ELECTED AFTER STAGE 8)
McDERMOTT, GRACE (SF) 3,974
McELDUFF, BARRY (SF) 5,250
WHITE, SUSAN-ANNE (IND) – excluded after stage 2