London mayor election under way

By: News Desk      Published: 02:06 AM, 7 May, 2021
London mayor election
London mayor election

UK local body elections are under way amid low turnout due to coronavirus. 

It is unclear who would benefit from the low turnout. Hence, it’s difficult to predict the election results. It is the biggest set of votes — and the greatest test of the electorate—since the 2019 General Election. Up to 48 million people are eligible to vote across Britain. 

Polling stations will stay open until 10pm. The results of the London mayoral elections are expected at the earliest on Saturday night, and possibly into Sunday. A standard election would see votes counted overnight and declared the following day. But this year some counts won't take place until Friday or even Saturday this year with coronavirus measures expected to slow the process down. 

Sadiq Khan has been at the capital's helm since 2016 and now has his sights set on being re-elected as Mayor of London. He is seeking a second term as mayor after being re-selected as the Labour candidate in 2018. Khan is facing Shaun Bailey who is considered the second in place strong candidate for the seat. Bailey has served as a Conservative in the London Assembly since 2016. Green Party’s Sian Berry is also running for the office of Mayor of London.

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