Votes to be counted in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire elections

Samba and (R) Dobbie outside The Polling Station at South Wootton Village Hall. Picture: Ian Burt

Samba and (R) Dobbie outside The Polling Station at South Wootton Village Hall. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Counting will take place today to find out who the winners and losers are in the county council elections.

Polling stations were open from 7am until 10pm last night for people to vote for the candidate they want to represent them as their county councillor.

In Norfolk, a councillor will be elected to represent each of 84 divisions - with the political balance at County Hall currently on a knife edge.

No party has overall control at Norfolk County Council, but the Conservatives managed to form an administration in May last year, after succeeding the so-called rainbow alliance.

That amalgam of Labour, UKIP and the Liberal Democrats, with support from the Greens, had been the ruling administration following the 2013 elections.

Graphic: Robert McVicar.

Graphic: Robert McVicar. - Credit: Archant

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The current political make-up at County Hall is 42 Conservative, 14 Labour, 11 UKIP and independent, 10 Liberal Democrat, three Green, two non-aligned, one independent and one vacancy.

The newly elected councillors will take responsibility for services such as adult social care, education, roads, waste disposal, fire and rescue, trading standards and libraries.

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Turnout last time was just over 32pc, and with a general election just around the corner, there were mixed reports of how busy polling stations across the county were yesterday.

The Merchant's Place polling station on the Gangway in Cromer reported that it had been fairly busy since it opened at 7am.

Graphic: Robert McVicar.

Graphic: Robert McVicar. - Credit: Archant

However, the polling station at Ingham village hall only saw three voters in the first hour.

In Norwich there were no repeats of queues which formed outside polling stations in 2015, when the parliamentary elections took place.

A party official outside the St George's Theatre in King Street, Great Yarmouth said it had been very quiet.

They added: 'It's probably because of the general election next month.'

In Suffolk 75 councillors will be elected from 63 divisions.

And in Cambridgeshire, as well as county council elections, voters have been choosing who they want to serve as the inaugural mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Visit and @EDP24 on Twitter for the results as they come in. Counting starts at 9am with results expected between 11am and 2pm.

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