Election outcomes 2022: When to anticipate them and what to look out for

London Mayor Sadiq Khan celebrates with the new leader of Wandsworth Council Simon Hogg


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London Mayor Sadiq Khan celebrates with new leader of Wandsworth Council Simon Hogg

Voters have had their say in UK-wide elections, with positions on 200 councils – and the make-up of Northern Ireland’s government – up for grabs.

The first results from London came in overnight, and counts are now under way across the rest of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

What happens with the ballots?

Ballot boxes are taken from all the polling stations, to centres where staff open them up and start counting votes.

Once all the votes in a particular area – like a council ward – are counted, the official in charge – known as the returning officer – announces the results.

When will we know the results?

In England, just over half of the councils started counting as soon as polls closed on Thursday, with some results announced overnight.

The remaining counts began on Friday morning and we should know most of the results by midday.