Those of us who support the Single Transferable Vote may have to argue for the introduction of some form of electronic counting if we are not to have the marathon counts that have occurred in both Northern Ireland and the Republic.
In the North were unlike the rest of the UK (and I again ask what other state has a diffrent method within its boarders The UUP's Jim Nicholson has joined Sinn Féin's Martina Anderson and the DUP's Diane Dodds, as the third Northern Ireland MEP to be elected.
Ms Anderson topped the poll and was elected on Monday.
In a marathon count lasting more than 24 hours, Mr Nicholson got in ahead of the SDLP's Alex Attwood, who was eliminated at the final stage.
Mrs Dodds was elected at the seventh stage. It means the same three parties have been elected as in 2009.
In the Republic one seat out of the eleven contested remained to be declared . Though as in Island as a whole Sinn Féin have emerged as a a major player winning 1 Euro seats in North and three in the Republic. .
But a Byelection in the Republic shows a interesting insight into how the Alternative Vote would have worked.
|2014 by-election: Dublin West|
|Party||Candidate||% 1st Pref||Count 1||Count 2||Count 3||Count 4||Count 5||Count 6|
|Socialist Party||Ruth Coppinger||20.6||5,977||6,112||6,744||7,342||8,807||12,334|
|Fianna Fáil||David McGuinness||17.5||5,053||5,156||5,691||6,789||8,163||9,237|
|Sinn Féin||Paul Donnelly||20.9||6,056||6,120||6,296||6,516||7,028|
|Fine Gael||Eamonn Coghlan||12.8||3,715||3,788||4,693|
|Green Party||Roderic O'Gorman||6.4||1,856||1,951|
|Labour Party||Lorraine Mulligan||5.2||1,505||1,540|
|Fís Nua||Daniel Boyne||0.4||113|
|Electorate: 63,521 Valid: 28,955 Spoilt: 395 (1.4%) Quota: 14,478 Turnout: 29,350 (46.2%|
So it seems that whilst Sinn Féin are undergoing a fair deal of popularity in the republic the majority of voters may not be prepared to give them their second preference.
But one thing is clear if we are to promote STV we also need tp promote a effective system of counting .
Even if we take into account that Northern Ireland did not start the count till Monday it tol 24 hours to fill just three seats.
It does not diminish my support for STV but makes my argument harder.