British voters go to polls for general election

15:51, May 06, 2010      

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A staff member opens the gate of a polling station in London, capital of Britain, May 6, 2010. Millions of people in Britain went to polls on Thursday morning as up to 50,000 polling stations across the country opened for ballots. (Xinhua/Wu Wei)
British people went to polls on Thursday morning as up to 50,000 polling stations across the country opened for ballots.

Polling stations are open from 7 a.m. local time (0600 GMT) to 10 p.m. (2100 GMT) on Thursday. Local Government Association said 627 of the 650 parliament constituencies would start counting overnight, with about 20 not due to begin the process until after 0900 GMT on Friday.

Over 44 million voters are registered to elect 650 members of parliament from 650 constituencies, but voting in the election will take place in 649 constituencies as polling in Thirsk and Malton has been postponed to May 27 following the death of UK Independence Party candidate.

The new parliament will be summoned to meet on May 18, when the first business will be the election of the Speaker and the swearing-in of members.


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