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Election Count: Media Accreditation

Mid Ulster Local Government Election Count
Meadowbank Sports Arena, Magherafelt
Friday 3 May 2019

Media Accreditation

Attendance at the count is open to news media with prior accreditation.

Accreditation is open from:

Tuesday 26 March 2019 to Tuesday 30 April 2019 at 4pm.

No accreditation will be given after this date and time.

To become accredited, individuals must register with the designated media liaison officers (details below) and produce:

  • A current NUJ card, or
  • Photographic identity pass from a news media organisation, or
  • An original letter of authority from a news media organisation supported by a second form of photographic identification.

Count Centre Arrangements

The count centre will open at 7.15am.

A media room will be provided on the first floor of the count centre.

Members of the media must not intrude on the count staff’s work area.

Taking photos or video on any device where the contents of any ballot could be identified is not permitted. This is to ensure the secrecy and integrity of the election.

Cameras will not be allowed to approach the counting tables or to focus on the tables in close-up. There will be access to an area on the first floor from which to film which will allow a clear visual of the count proceedings.

Interviews with candidates are not permitted in the count area.

Count information will be displayed on screens within the count area and updates on progress at the count will be posted from the Council’s Twitter account @MidUlster_DC. Results will also be made available on the Council’s website at:

Media Liaison Officers

Ursula Mezza, Mob: 07769 726290

Mairead McNally

Mob: 07816 339825



Please note: during the count staff at the information point (in the reception area of the count centre) will be available to assist you in contacting a media liaison officer.