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British Voters in May Elections

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TEHRAN, May 6 (ICANA) – British voters have gone to the ballot box to decide about the number of national and local elections across Britain including the AV referendum.
Friday, May 06, 2011 7:35:37 PM
British Voters in May Elections

British nationals are participating in a referendum happening all over the United Kingdom to decide whether the country should keep the current system, known as 'first past the post', or a new system called AV, or 'alternative vote' is needed.

The People aged at least 18 and live in the United Kingdom and the Irish Republic qualifying nationals of Commonwealth countries can vote for the AV referendum.

The officials will begin counting the referendum votes at 16:00 on 6 May.

Scottish voters are heading to choose 129 members of the Scottish parliament (SMP) in their first parliamentary elections since 2007.

Having the UK AV referendum and the important parliamentary elections in Scotland, the government has postponed all the country's council elections to 2012.

Wales has organized the National assembly elections for the first time since 2007. Voters will elect all 60 members of the Welsh Assembly (AMs).

Wales's local council elections will also happen in 2012.

Northern Ireland's voters will decide about the 108 members of the Northern Ireland assembly in their National assembly elections taking place for the first time since 2007.

Voters will also elect 582 councillors in the Northern Ireland local elections.

The English citizens will take part for local council elections in 279 local authorities all over England. 30 unitary authorities and 124 district authorities such as Blackpool, Leicester, Nottingham and York will have the local elections for the first time since 2007.

A third of the seats in 36 metropolitan boroughs, including Birmingham, Liverpool, Leeds and Sheffield are to be elected.

At Leicester South, the voters will participate in the by-election in order to elect a successor to the Labour Peter Soulsby who had decided to step down as MP to participate in the city's first mayoral election.

Mayoral elections are going on in Leicester, Middlesbrough, Mansfield, Bedford and Torbay.

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