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Count process starts in Stratford district for EU referendum vote

Stratford Editorial 24th Jun, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THE COUNT has started in Stratford district on the vote to decide whether Britain should stay in the European Union.

Residents went to the polls on Thursday (June 23) with more than 100 stations open throughout the district.

After the close of polls at 10pm, the ballot boxes were taken to Stratford Leisure Centre where the votes have since been verified.

Staff have now begun the sorting process and are separating the leave votes from the remain before counting them.

Overall turnout in the district was 80.8 per cent with 79,217 voted being cast.

The Stratford result is expected anytime from 3am.

The results from the Stratford count and others in the area will be collated regionally by Birmingham City Council.

These regional figures will then be collated by Manchester City Council to produce a national result.

It is anticipated the overall outcome will be declared sometime on Friday (June 24).

Key political figures have been campaigning in recent weeks in a bid to convince voters to either stay or leave the EU but experts say the polls are too close to call.

Stratford MP Nadhim Zahawi is backing a Brexit while his Warwick and Leamington and Kenilworth and Southam counterparts, Chris White and Jeremy Wright are voting to stay in the EU.

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