UK heads to the polls in general election
Millions of Britons have begun casting their votes in the UK’s general election. The latest polls show Ed Miliband’s Labour and David Cameron’s Conservatives are neck and neck in the race for 10 Downing Street.
Polling stations across Great Britain and Northern Island opened at 7 a.m. local time (0600 UTC) on Thursday for what many have described as the country’s most unpredictable election in a generation.
Some 50 million registered voters are expected to head to the polling stations from where 650 Westminster MPs will be elected.
The UK currently follows a ‘first past the post’ voting system, meaning that a party must win 326 of the 650 seats up for grabs to have a single party government. This figure is reduced to 323, however, as the five Irish republican MPs of Irish republican party Sinn Fein reject Westminster’s rule in Northern Ireland and do not attend.
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Source News: DW