EU de­ci­sion day fi­nally ar­rives

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Nuts & Bolts - by Paul Fran­cis Po­lit­i­cal Ed­i­tor pfran­cis@thek­m­ @PaulOn­Pol­i­tics

Vot­ing takes place to­day (Thursday) in the EU ref­er­en­dum, with bal­lot sta­tions open from 7am to 10pm across the county.

Count­ing takes place overnight, with the fi­nal re­sult ex­pected to be an­nounced early to­mor­row morn­ing.

Votes in Kent will be counted and de­clared by lo­cal coun­cils but will have to be val­i­dated by a re­gional count at Southamp­ton be­fore be­ing for­mally an­nounced.

The count will start at 10pm but when each area de­clares its re­sults is hard to say. The Elec­toral Com­mis­sion has fore­cast the re­sults in Kent will mostly be de­clared be­tween 3am and 4am.

In Med­way, the re­sult is ex­pected to be due about 6am as it cov­ers a larger area.

How­ever, th­ese fore­casts should be treated with cau­tion, es­pe­cially as this is a unique elec­tion for the UK.

If turnout is high, which many think it will be, the re­sults could come much later.

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

We will be hav­ing a full re­sults ser­vice on www.ken­ton­ along with com­ment, anal­y­sis and re­ac­tion from our re­porters around the county.

You can keep up to date with our po­lit­i­cal ed­i­tor Paul Fran­cis on Twit­ter @PaulOn­Pol­i­tics and there will be news on our ra­dio sta­tion kmfm and our dig­i­tal TV sta­tion KMTV.

Coun­cils are ex­pected to pub­lish their re­sults on their own web­sites.

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