Polls close as count begins in UK election

Hauwa Abubakr, UK

Votes count after UK's election

Counting of votes has begun in the UK after polls closed at 10pm local time across the country.

Exit polls indicate that Conservatives party could be the largest UK party, but may not get majority seats in the Parliament.

The exit polls which predicts possible election results was conducted for the BBC, ITV and Sky tv.

At the collation center in Sunderland, officials were seen coordinating the arrival of ballot boxes and preparing to begin counting.

Sunderland and Newcastle are ‘often among the first to declare results.’

The counting process would run through the night and final results are expected to be announced on Friday.

Voting had commenced at 7am local time across polling stations in the UK on Thursday after 50 days of campaigning.

Political party leaders were seen casting their votes at their local polling units in their constituencies.

Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip cast their votes in Sonning, Berkshire, Southeast England.

Opposition Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn voted in Islington, a district in Greater London while Liberal Democrats’ leader, Tim Farron voted in Kendal, a market town in the South Lakeland district of Cumbria.

In Scotland, First Minister and Scottish National Party leader, Nicola Sturgeon voted in Glasgow.

Voters have taken to ‘social media to share their voting experiences and pictures.’

It is a wet voting day in many parts of the country, as rain poured down in many towns and cities.

Reports say voter turnout has been moderate, but the day is still young and the weather could be discouraging people to turn out.

Mercy Chukwudiebere