Polling stations have closed across Northern Ireland for the 2017 Assembly election.
The Electoral Office believe that turnout will be up on last year’s figure which was 55%. Officials said their staff had been busy in all areas.
Two hundred and twenty-eight candidates are competing for 90 seats across 18 constituencies.
It is the second time the electorate had to choose a government in the space of 10 months.
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Notices posted up at the entrance to polling stations at 21:00 GMT varied between a low of 46% in one district of Lagan Valley to a high of nearly 80% in one area of Mid Ulster.
The ballot boxes will now be taken to eight counting centres across Northern Ireland.
The count will get under way at 08:00 GMT on Friday with the final results not expected to be confirmed until Saturday afternoon.
The polls opened at 07:00 GMT on Thursday and closed at 22:00 GMT.
The leaders of Northern Ireland’s five main parties got out early to cast their votes.
The 2017 Assembly Election was called after the resignation of former Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.
This assembly election has seen one significant change from previous ones.
There will be a reduction in assembly members from 108 to 90.
Northern Ireland’s 18 constituencies will return five MLAs each, not six as was the case beforehand.
The number of MLAs has been cut in order to reduce the cost of politics.
Forty-eight fewer candidates stood in this election than in May last year.
In Northern Ireland, the government must be run by Irish nationalists and unionists together.
When all of the 90 seats have been filled, the two biggest unionist and nationalist parties will get together to try to form a new government.
Elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly use a form of proportional representation called the Single Transferable Vote (STV).
Voters rank candidates in numerical preference.
Candidates are then elected according to the share of the vote they receive. You can read an in-depth guide to the system here.
A total of 1,254,709 people were eligible to vote.
The BBC News NI website will carry the latest election results and analysis on Friday and throughout the weekend.
There will also be special election programmes running on BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio Foyle and BBC NI television.
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