Election day gets underway

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Voting has started across Northern Ireland for the European and local elections.

Polling stations opened at 7am this morning (Thursday 22nd May) and will remain open until 10pm tonight.

Two ballot papers will need to be completed. The first, a white ballot paper, is for the European contest and the second, yellow paper, is for the local council.

A polling card is not required to vote. People without cards must have proof of their identity, and they will then be able to cast their vote.

Northern Ireland will see three of the ten candidates in the European race elected to the European parliment.

Candidates who are elected in the local election will eventually be included in the new ‘super-council’ encompassing Derry and Strabane.

In the local elections, 74 candidates in seven areas are standing for 40 seats.

The votes in the council election will be counted and declared on Friday and Saturday.

The results in the European election will not be known until all 28 countries have voted and a central count is completed on Monday.