THE UK General Election 2017 will take place tomorrow as Brits go to polls to pick a new government.
Polling stations will be open from 7.00am until 10.00pm, after which, results will be counted throughout the night, with the winner expected to be declared in the early hours of Friday morning.
The exit poll will be published at 10.00pm when polling stations close their doors and will provide an early indication as to the result, based on a survey of how people voted.
The results of the past four elections have all been correctly predicted by the exit polls that have been published.
In the past six general elections, the constituency of Sunderland has won the counting race and declared its election results first.
In 2015, Houghton and Sunderland South announced its results at 10.48pm – just 48 minutes after the polls closed.
The result is always ‘called’ before the election winner is declared officially. This is because there sometimes comes a point when no other party can win and remaining safe seats left to declare are guaranteed.
The result is likely to be called in the early hours of the morning if there’s a clear victory and one party secures the House of Commons majority of 326 seats.
In 2015, David Cameron accepted victory in his constituency of Witney at 5:46am.