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Momentous election day in UK as voters head to polls

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Momentous election day in UK as voters head to polls

British voters are making their way to polling stations Thursday for a crucial general election that stands to challenge the 14-year Conservative reign.

This snap election, initiated by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak ahead of schedule, has taken many in his party by surprise as it unfolds months earlier than anticipated.

In the aftermath of the 1935 electoral loss, the opposition Labour party has seen a resurgence under the guidance of Keir Starmer, setting the stage for a fierce electoral contest today.

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Amidst a six-week campaign that saw all major parties canvassing the nation for votes, discussions have centered on pressing topics including the economy, cost of living, public service quality, and issues on taxation and immigration.

Notably absent from the dialogue has been the topic of the UK’s relationship with the European Union post-Brexit in 2020, following the 2016 referendum.

In the wake of political shifts that brought in Liz Truss as the shortest-serving prime minister, Sunak has emerged as the leader of the Conservative party, vying for public support in this election.

The return of Nigel Farage to front-line politics and his leadership of the hard-right Reform UK party drew attention, adding a dynamic element to the electoral landscape.

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Sunak, Starmer, Farage, and other party leaders are expected to showcase their commitment to voting by visiting their local polling stations during the day.

With an estimated 46.5 million eligible voters participating across 650 constituencies in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, securing 326 seats is imperative for a majority government formation.

As polls remain open, the media is restricted from disseminating content that could sway voter decisions until 10 p.m. local time (5 p.m. ET) when the exit polls will provide initial seat projections. The vote counting process will span throughout the night into Friday morning.

Proofreading by Fa’izatu Aliyu Doma, Journalist at Neptune Prime.

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