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 UK Votes for New Government

UK Votes for New Government

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VOTERS in the United Kingdom are going to the polls in a third general election in less than five years.

It is the first time that a general election is being held in December in nearly 100 years. The previous two elections were in 2015 and 2017.

There are 650 constituencies up for grab across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

After the polls close at 2200 GMT, counting will begin straight away. Most results are due to be announced in the early hours of Friday morning.

A total of 650 MPs will be chosen under the first-past-the-post system used for general elections, in which the candidate who secures the most votes in each individual constituency is elected, according to the BBC.

Elections in the UK traditionally take place every four or five years. But, in October, MPs voted for the second snap poll in as many years, the BBC noted.

It is the first winter election since 1974 and the first to take place in December since 1923.

 

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