One to watch: Can a Catholic unionist take a seat for his party?

Profile: Probably the most socially liberal and diverse of Northern Ireland's 18 constituencies. Five parties each hold a single seat. Sinn Féin, DUP, Alliance, SDLP and Greens.

The pattern of transfers in this constituency can be unpredictable making the destination of the final seat a bit of a lottery. The sudden death of the sitting DUP MLA Christopher Stalford in February stunned Northern Ireland's political classes.

He has been replaced by one-time party leader Edwin Poots, who had been in search of a new political home having decided not to run as a third DUP candidate in his native Lagan Valley constituency.

There will be interest in how the Co Down farmer and former agriculture minister polls in this predominately urban constituency. The Ulster Unionists hold just one seat in Belfast and is targeting another here where they have been competitive in the past. Its candidate Stephen McCarthy is a Catholic from an SDLP supporting family in west Belfast.

Alliance is running two candidates, an incumbent MLA alongside the current Lord Mayor of Belfast, hoping to capitalise on an expected party surge. This is usually one of the last constituencies to declare due to the number of candidates and the complexity of transfers.

2017 Assembly Election: DUP 1; SDLP 1; Alliance 1; Sinn Féin 1; Green 1

First preference vote share 2017:
DUP 20.8%
SDLP 19.4%
Alliance 17.8%
Sinn Féin 17.7%
Green 9.9%

Seats available: 5

Number of candidates: 14


Clare Bailey, Green Party (NI)

Paula Bradshaw, Alliance Party

Andrew Girvin, TUV

Deirdre Hargey, Sinn Féin

Paddy Lynn, Workers Party

Luke McCann, Aontú

Stephen McCarthy, UUP

Neil Moore, Socialist Party (NI)

Kate Nicholl, Alliance Party

Elly Odhiambo, Independent

Matthew O'Toole, SDLP

Edwin Poots, DUP

Sipho Sibanda, People Before Profit Alliance

Elsie Trainor, SDLP