The British public have begun casting their votes in the UK general election.

Polls opened across the country at 07:00 BST and will close at 22:00, when the results from the first exit polls will be announced. The official constituency results of the counted ballots are expected to start around 23:00.

About 46.9 million people are registered to vote in the current election, around two percent more people than in the previous election in 2015.

The polls in the lead up to the vote have proved unreliable, with Labour showing significant gains since the snap election was announced in April, but the gap between the parties ranges from 1-10% depending on the pollster. This range between the poll results would be the difference between a hung parliament and a Conservative landslide.

Exit polls will give a clearer indication of the real results, but UK law bans the publication of these results until the polls close at 22:00, so as not to affect a voter’s choice of candidate.

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