Timetable for the re­sult

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kentish Express Time Capsule From Our Archives -

The stakes could not be higher in the ref­er­en­dum on whether we stay or leave the EU.

How will Kent vot­ers find out which way the re­sult will go? Here’s our guide to the timetable on June 23.

Polling sta­tions will be open be­tween 7am to 10pm to cast your vote.

Count­ing the votes will be done by local author­ity area. Across the UK, there will be 382 counts, and each local coun­cil will be re­spon­si­ble for count­ing the votes in their area. Th­ese re­sults will be de­clared in the same way as elec­tion re­sults, with the re­turn­ing of­fi­cer an­nounc­ing the num­ber who voted to leave and those that voted to stay, along with turnout.

The count will start at 10pm but when each area will de­clare the re­sults is hard to say. The Elec­toral Com­mis­sion fore­casts that the re­sults in Kent will mostly be de­clared be­tween 3am and 4am. In Med­way, the re­sult is ex­pected to be about 6am as it cov­ers a larger area. How­ever, th­ese fore­casts should be treated with cau­tion. If turnout is high - which many think it will be - the re­sults could come much later.

The fore­cast for Kent dec­la­ra­tions is: Dover: 2am Maid­stone 3am Shep­way 3am Thanet: 3am Tun­bridge Wells: 3am to 4am Dart­ford 3.30am Ash­ford 4am Can­ter­bury 4am Sevenoaks 4am Swale: 4am Ton­bridge and Malling: 4am Grave­sham 5am Med­way 6am

The Elec­toral Com­mis­sion says we will prob­a­bly find out “at break­fast time” - but is no firmer than that. Kent’s re­sults will be re­layed to the south east re­gional count - one of 11 - that is tak­ing place in Southamp­ton, where they will be val­i­dated.

There will then be a re­sult for the re­gion, which will be passed to the na­tional count­ing cen­tre in Manch­ester. That is where the fi­nal re­sult will be de­clared.

We will be cov­er­ing all the re­sults for Kent along with re­ac­tion and analysis as it hap­pens overnight on our web­site, Ken­tOn­line.

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