AFTER a marathon counting session, Belfast finally got its 60 councillors elected in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Sinn Féin won 19 seats and secured the highest first preference share at 29.26 per cent. and takes 19 seats, topping the poll in six of the city’s 10 district electoral areas.
The DUP secured 13 seats after it received 19.1% of first preference votes.
Alliance holds the balance of power with 8 seats.
The SDLP took seven seats, losing former lord mayor Pat McCarthy along the way in Ormeau.
The UUP took seven seats an increase on the last election when it took a hammering from the DUP.
The DUP saw Ruth Patterson elected in Botanic, while Christopher Stalford took a seat in Balmoral and Frank McCoubrey and Brian Kingston took seats in Court.
And the PUP secure its best polling in Belfast with party leader Billy Harbinson topping the poll in Court as working class voters came out to support in the Shankill area.
John Kyle and Julie-Anne Corr were also elected for the PUP giving them seats in th council.
There was another success when Jolene Bunting secured the TUV seat in Belfast.
The Green’s Ross Brown won a seat along with Gerry Carroll or People Before Profit.