Close result is on cards as voters head for the polls
VOTERS in Ashford make up their minds today (Thursday) in the most nail-biting general election in modern times.
Opinion polls have predicted a close result between the three main parties nationally and locally people will have to choose between five contenders as to who they want as their MP for the next Parliament.
There are 81,271 people eligible to vote in the Ashford constituency and the number of postal votes has been 11.549.
The area’s 82 polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm.
The count is at Ashford’s Stour Centre with the first ballot boxes expected to arrive there at about 10.15pm and the returning officer will be Ashford Borough Council chief executive John Bunnett.
While it is not known exactly when the results will be announced it was at about 3am for the 2005 general election.
Conservative candidate Dam- ian Green, the Shadow Immigration Minister, is defending a 13,298 majority.
One of his four challengers is Liberal Democrat Chris Took, a sales director from Kennington who stood in Ashford in the 2005 poll.
Chris Clark, a London Underground employee, is fighting for Labour.
The other two candidates are retired civil servant Jeff Elenor, for UKIP, and Ashford-born machinist Steve Campkin, for the Green Party.
Log on to KentOnline for a full round-up of election results tonight (Thursday) A detailed report on the Ashford constituency result and count will appear in next week’s Kentish Express.