Extreme security measures are in place around Templemore Sports Complex as the count in the local elections for the Derry and Strabane Super council gets underway this afternoon.
Candidates, members of the press and staff are being searched on the way into the building with luggage being scanned using airport scanning equipment. The limited number of cars which are allowed access to the complex are also being examined at the entrance off the main road. The additional security is in place following a bomb attack at the count centre in Derry during elections in 2011.
Large crowds are gathered inside the count centre with candidates, their supporters and a significant number of media awaiting results after the Derry public went to the polls yesterday.
Derry City Council Chief Executive Sharon O’Connor confirmed that voter turnout in the local election count for Derry and Strabane was 53.1 per cent with a total of 54,317 voting and a turnout of 53.4 per cent for the European elections.
Verification was completed shortly after 2:30pm with counting expected to begin within minutes.
First results are expected early this evening with counting continuing tomorrow.