3 May 2018 is the local government elections in London.
London Councils will be providing real time results through the evening and until the boroughs are declared, on this page.
Check back on the night to get the picture as it emerges.
Why are some boroughs holding their counts on different days?
Elections are being held in all 32 London boroughs on 3 May 2018 to elect councillors, and in four boroughs directly elected Mayors, to represent and serve the people of each borough.
The priority of the Returning Officer in each borough is to ensure the count is accurate and that voters have confidence in the election result in the borough they are responsible for.
Managing an election count is a complicated task, and Returning Officers take into account a range of local factors when deciding when to hold the count.
An overnight count is not always feasible and circumstances change between one election and another. For example, different count venues may not be available at the required times.
Which London boroughs are counting on Friday 4 May?
Bromley, Hackney, Haringey, Harrow, Hounslow, Islington, Kingston, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Tower Hamlets.
How does this differ from the last elections?
These are the first local elections in London since 2006 that aren’t being held on the same day as another major poll (such as Parliamentary or European elections), and boroughs have had to make different arrangements for each of these occasions.
What is the voter ID trial in Bromley?
Bromley is one of five local authorities across England volunteering to participate in a trial that will require voters on Thursday 3 May to produce ID before being issued with a ballot paper.
Bromley voters will be asked to show one form of photographic ID from a list that includes a passport, photo driving licence or Freedom Pass; or two forms of non-photographic ID, such as a bank card, birth certificate, gas/electricity bill or bank statement. One of the non-photographic pieces of ID must contain the voter’s registered address.
The trial is aimed at tackling electoral fraud. The government launched the trial after Electoral Commission figures indicated alleged electoral fraud through voter impersonation more than doubled between 2014 and 2016. The trial is likely to be the first in a series of pilots to allow the Electoral Commission and Cabinet Office to evaluate the impact of asking for ID before a decision is taken on whether or not to roll it out nationally.
Many countries around the world have made it a requirement to prove identity at a polling station, and it is already a requirement in Northern Ireland. Voter ID was raised in Sir Eric Pickles’ report on tackling voting fraud, published in 2016.
The other local authorities participating in the trial are Woking, Gosport, Watford, and Slough.
What is the postal vote pilot in Tower Hamlets?
Tower Hamlets is running a postal voting pilot, looking at the security of postal votes and providing additional guidance in postal vote packs.