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UK Local Council Elections 2012: Live Updates

May 3, 2012

Polls are open for the 2012 local government elections from 7am to 10pm today
5,000 seats at stake on 181 local councils across England, Scotland and Wales
• Mayors will also be chosen in London, Liverpool and Salford,
10 other English cities holding referendums on whether to adopt directly-elected mayors

Millions of people throughout the UK are expected to take to the polls today, to select representatives for more than 5,000 seats on 181 local councils.

In addition, 10 cities will hold referendums on whether to select a directly appointed mayor, whilst London, Liverpool and Salford will vote on theirs.

In addition to the already complicated electoral map, people in the capital will vote for representatives on the London Assembly.

While many councils will begin counts after the polls close on Thursday night, helping to give a clear picture of the parties’ performances, many have delayed until Friday, with the results in the London mayoral vote not expected until Friday evening.

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