The Hackney results are expected to be declared at around 3am tomorrow morning.
An ethnically, culturally and economically diverse area, the borough of Hackney has consistently returned Labour MPs since the late 1970s. In Hackney North and Stoke Newington, Labour stalwart Dianne Abbott is looking to hold off a “fresh, local” Conservative candidate and the Green “surge”. Hackney South incumbent MP Meg Hillier is seeking a third term on the back of her 33 per cent majority in the 2010 general election.
Earlier today, voters reported difficulties in casting their ballots due to a technical glitch with the council’s online voter registration system.
In a series of tweets, Abbott blamed the council for the disruption, saying it had had five years to prepare for polling day.
Hackney council has had five years to prepare for this election. But today it is chaos.#lettingdownthepeopleofHackney
— Diane Abbott (@HackneyAbbott) May 7, 2015
If you’re a first-time voter, or have simply forgotten how to do it, it could be worth brushing up on your polling dos and don’ts.
For more on Hackney constituencies, read our series of constituency profiles:
For updates from the count, follow our correspondents who will be at the Britannia Leisure Centre in Hackney through the night:
Joshua Poncil: follow @JoshBosh11
Lindsay Crocket: follow @crocket_lindsay