Britain votes in knife-edge poll, 89 Asian-origins in fray
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
London, May 6: Britons Thursday voted in what is billed as the most tightly-contested general election since the World War II which could lead to a hung Parliament, though latest opinion polls gave a clear edge to opposition Tories over the ruling Labour as well as Liberal Democrats.
The polls will also decide the fate of a record 89 Asian origin candidates, including those from India. The Conservative Party, which is eyeing to capture power, has fielded 30 members from the community.
Prominent among them are Keith Vaz, who has represented Leicester East for Labour for the last 23 years, and his sister Valerie Vaz, a lawyer, who is contesting on a Labour ticket from Walsall South.
Polling stations opened at 7 am local time and the voters have until 10 pm to exercise their franchise, and moderate polling was recorded in most of the 649 constituencies till evening.
Over 44 million people were registered to vote for nearly 4,150 candidates in 649 constituencies. Polling in one constituency - Thirsk and Malton - has been delayed until May 27 because of the death of one of the candidates during the campaign.
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