THE SORTING of this year’s election papers has begun.
Residents have spent the day casting their vote at around 100 polling stations across the district.
And following the close of polls at 10pm, the ballot boxes have been brought to Stratford Leisure Centre where the votes are set to be sorted, verified and counted before the next MP is announced.
Conservative Nadhim Zahawi is looking to defend the seat he first won back in 2010 with an 11,326 majority but Lib Dem Elizabeth Adams, Labour’s Jeff Kenner, UKIP’s Edward Fila and Dominic Giles of the Green Party are hoping to scupper his bid.
Along with the General Election, Stratford District Council is holding all-out district council elections for the first time ever and there are also a number of parish council seats up for grabs.
The votes for both the district and parish councils are in the process of being verified and will then be locked in secure storage until the counts later today and tomorrow (Saturday) respectively
The result of the parliamentary election deciding who will be Stratfords next MP is expected to be declared in the early hours of this morning (Friday).
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