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Politics / Polls open for European Parliament election

TWENTY eight polling places are now open across Shetland for the 2019 European Parliamentary election.

The polls are open from 7am until 10pm today (Thursday) as Scotland gets set to elect six MEPs.

The local votes will be counted from 7pm on Sunday at Lerwick Town Hall, with a declaration of Shetland’s results taking place after 10pm.

The largest polling place is the Gilbertson Park Games Hall in Lerwick, which is open to 4,084 voters and split into seven polling stations.

The smallest is Uyeasound Public Hall in Unst, with just 98 people on its books.

A total of 2,710 postal votes have been issued.

Voters are taking part in a Scotland-wide constituency and the parties and candidates in the running are: Change UK, the Conservatives, Labour, the Liberal Democrats, Scottish Green Party, the SNP, The Brexit Party, UKIP, Gordon Edgar and Ken Parke.

The election of UK MEPs to the European Parliament, which is the legislative body of the European Union, had been in doubt due to Brexit.

But the UK’s departure from the EU being delayed meant that the election will go ahead.