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UK Voters Head to Polls in ‘Historic’ Ballot

LONDON – Elections traditionally take place every four or five years in the United Kingdom; however, in October, British Members of Parliament (MPs) voted in favor of a snap poll as Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged parliament to call a general election in the hope of winning a working majority for his Conservative Party to deliver on his promise to ‘get Brexit done.’
Britons vote for the country’s snap general election Today, with polling stations opened at 07:00 GMT in 650 constituencies across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The referendum–the first in nearly 100 years to take place in December–has been dubbed a truly historic election, with the potential to shape the future of Britain for decades to come.
The counting will start immediately after the polls close at 22:00 GMT, with most results due to be announced in the early hours of Friday morning.
In the first-past-the-post system used for general elections, a total of 650 MPs will be selected in which the candidate who secures the most votes in each constituency will be elected.
Traditionally, elections are held in the UK every four to five years. The coalition government passed the 2011 Fixed-Term Parliaments Act after the 2010 general election, which set five-year fixed-term parliaments.
MPs, however, opted in as many years for a second snap election in October.
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said the vote on Thursday provided an opportunity for supporters to “shake the government by voting for hope.”a
He warned of the repercussions of a win for Johnson, saying: “He’ll make it worse. He’s going to open up our NHS for American mega corporations to take over and continue with more cuts. Tomorrow, vote for hope. Vote for genuine change.”
Boris Johnson, who began his last campaign day in West Yorkshire to deliver milk to doors before heading to South Wales and Essex, called on voters to “vote today to break the gridlock, vote to get Brexit completed, vote to unlock the promise of Britain.”
“It’s right. This campaign is our opportunity to end the gridlock, but the outcome is on the edge of a knife, “Johnson said.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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