UK voters turn out in large numbers for historic winter General Election

Millions of voters flocked to polling stations across the UK on Thursday for the country’s first December election in nearly a century.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn were among the first to cast their ballots in London. A total of 3,322 candidates are contesting for 650 seats in the House of Commons.

Polling stations across all constituencies of the United Kingdom – England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland – opened at seven in the morning and will go till 10 pm local time. The results are expected to be declared by the early hours tomorrow.

Despite a dreary, cold and wet weather, long queues were reported outside many polling stations, though the initial turnout appeared to be brisk.

The snap election had been called by the Prime Minister, Johnson, in a bid to win a majority for his Conservative Party and get his Brexit deal through Parliament.