UK Politics

Election 2019: Council polls to take place across England and NI

Sign directing people to a polling station in London Image copyright EPA

Voters are continuing to head to the polls for council and mayoral elections across England and Northern Ireland.

Elections are being held for 248 English councils, six mayors and all 11 councils in Northern Ireland.

Polling stations for the votes - spanning metropolitan and district councils and unitary authorities - are open until 22:00 BST.

No local elections are taking place in Scotland and Wales.

This is the biggest set of local elections in England's four-year electoral cycle, with more than 8,400 seats being contested.

A further 462 seats are up for grabs in Northern Ireland.

Voters in 10 local authorities in England need to either show ID or produce their polling card before they can vote as part of a trial scheme.

Those in Braintree, Broxtowe, Craven, Derby, North Kesteven, Woking and Pendle have to show ID before they can vote.

Voters in Mid Sussex, North West Leicestershire, and Watford local authorities are required to show their polling card.

Everyone else in England can vote as usual, with no need to bring along a polling card or any proof of ID.

But in Northern Ireland, voters need photo ID, the polling card received through the post being for information purposes only.

Results for about 108 English councils are expected to be declared before 06:00 on Friday.

The remaining 140 are scheduled to come in throughout Friday, mostly between midday and 1800 BST.

The Northern Irish results will take longer to come through because of a more complicated voting system.

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