THE voting is now over and the polling stations are closed across Derry in the 2017 snap General Election.
The electorate have been casting their votes since 7 am this morning up until 10 pm tonight to elect one MP for each of the two constituencies.
Outgoing SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan holds a 6,100 majority over Sinn Fein.
At the Westminster Election in 2015, he saw his vote share increase by 3.2 per cent.
Sinn Fein came in second and the party saw its vote drop by 0.4 per cent.
This time around, Sinn Fein has changed candidates and is hoping former Derry Mayor Elisha McCallion MLA can take the seat from Mr Durkan.
She topped the polled in the recent Assembly elections.
Outgoing East Derry MP Gregory Campbell is expected to retain his seat.
He had an 8,000 majority in 2015.
Now polls have closed, the votes will then be moved to counting centres.
The Foyle Arena at St Columb’s Park will be used to count votes for Foyle and East Derry.
It will be closed to the public to facilitate the counting process.
The public are being encouraged to use the Council’s other leisure facilities across the Council area including Templemore Sports Centre, Brooke Park Leisure Centre and City Baths, Derry; Melvin Leisure Centre and Riversdale Leisure Centre, Strabane and Derg Valley, Castlederg, during this period.
St Columb’s Park will also be closed to the public from the Limavady Road entrance with no access to the area from Browning Drive.
Fencing will be erected to close off walkways to the Limavady Road entrance from within the Park.
Counting will begin on Friday morning and the first results are expected by lunchtime.Tags: