London, May 4: Britain braces itself as Englanders enter the polling stations today. UK PM Theresa May last month announced early general elections to decide the fate of UK politics before it hits the Brexit. Brexit means Britain’s exit from the European Union. However, voters head out to the polls for local and mayoral elections in England, Wales and Scotland.
Six new "metro mayors" will be elected, covering areas including Greater Manchester, the West Midlands and the West of England. A total of 4,851 council seats are up for grabs in 88 councils - all of those in Scotland and Wales, plus 34 in England, including 27 counties. Scotland's 32 councils will start their counts on Friday morning, with first results expected from midday. Most mayoral results will be declared on Friday.
In England (34 councils, 2,370 seats), this is a year of county council elections and there are also polls in six unitary authorities where county councils and district councils have merged. For the first time, voters in Greater Manchester, the Liverpool City region, the West Midlands, Tees Valley, the West of England, and Cambridge and Peterborough will elect new "metro mayors" covering combined local authority areas.
It’ll be a great watch to see who becomes the Prime Minister this time and saves Britain from its most risky decision ever.