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A cross-community vote or cross-community support is a form of voting used in the Northern Ireland Assembly according to the provisions of the 1998 Belfast Agreement. It requires the support of both communities in Northern Ireland, in other words majority of unionists and the majority of nationalist members of the Assembly. It is also used to a lesser extent at local government level.
Upon taking their seats members of the Northern Ireland Assembly are required to designate themselves as either "unionist", "nationalist" or "other". MLAs are free to designate themselves as they see fit, the only requirement being that no member may change his or her designation more than once during an Assembly session.
A vote will not automatically require cross-community support. A "Petition of Concern" must first be presented to the Speaker by at least 30 of the 108 members. In a cross-community vote the majority of unionists and the majority of nationalist votes are required to pass a motion put to the Assembly.
Designations 2011 2007 2003 1998 Unionist 56 54 59 58 Nationalist 43 44 42 42 Other 9 10 7 8
Note: These figures include the assumed designation of the Speaker who, having a non-partisan role, does not officially declare a designation.
List of current and previous assembly parties by designation.
Democratic Unionist NI Unionist Progressive Unionist UK Unionist Ulster Unionist United Unionist Coalition
Sinn Féin SDLP
Alliance Green (NI) NI Women's Coalition
- ^ Minority Veto Rights in Power Sharing Systems: Lessons from Macedonia, Northern Ireland and Belgium by Shane Kelleher
- ^ Section 3.7 - Standing Orders of the Northern Ireland Assembly - PDF file from the Assembly website.
- ^ Section 3 - Standing Orders of the Northern Ireland Assembly - PDF file from the Assembly website.
- ^ Section 27 - Standing Orders of the Northern Ireland Assembly - PDF file from the Assembly website.
Northern Ireland Assembly Assembly
CommitteesOffice of the First Minister and deputy First Minister · Agriculture and Rural Development · Culture, Arts and Leisure · Education · Employment and Learning · Enterprise, Trade and Investment · Environment · Finance and Personnel · Health, Social Services and Public Safety · Regional Development · Social Development Constituencies Parties Elections ProcedureCross-community vote See alsoGood Friday Agreement · St Andrews Agreement
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