Close re­sult is on cards as vot­ers head for the polls

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Sam Len­non slen­non@thek­m­

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.

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