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What happens next? 5 Procedural Things MLAs Should Do After The Election

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The election is over and the results are in. Here's a quick rundown of the 5 procedural things that should happen for the Assembly to resume normal business:

  1. Newly elected Members must give the Undertaking and sign the Roll of Membership. This usually takes place at the first plenary after the election. The first plenary must happen within 8 days of polling day.
  1. Once they've done that, they must elect a Speaker and Deputy Speakers. If this isn't done then no further Assembly business can happen.

  1. If there is a Speaker then next up will be nominations for the offices of First Minister and deputy First Minister and those posts being filled. 
  1. The position of Minister of Justice is then filled on a cross-community vote.
  1. All remaining Ministerial offices are filled through D’Hondt.
If you want to hear more about what happens after the election listen to this section of Episode one of The Assembly Podcast. 


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