Elections » STEP 5: RESULTS

STEP 5: RESULTS

Once the polling stations have closed the ballot boxes are emptied and all of the votes for each candidate are counted.

In a GENERAL ELECTION the winner is the candidate with the most votes.

The winner is announced and becomes an MP (Member of Parliament), representing all of the people in your area in PARLIAMENT.

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After the next General Election there will be 650 MPs, each representing one area of the country known as a CONSTITUENCY.

The political party that wins more than half the seats - 326 - forms the GOVERNMENT and the leader of that party becomes the PRIME MINISTER. They are in charge of running the country.

Occasionally, however, none of the parties win enough seats to get them over that half-way line. That's what happened at the 2010 general election and the result is known as a HUNG PARLIAMENT. It means the big political parties have to negotiate with the smaller ones to see if they can reach an agreement to support each other to run the country.

There are other types of elections – not just General Elections. If you want you can read about them in the Election Information section of the website.

Watch this short video from Parliament's Education Service explaining how voting at a polling station works.



Activity: Political Hangman!!
Play a game of hangman where all of the words have to be related to voting! You could start by using some of the words above. The person guessing the word must also be able to explain what the word means. If they can guess the word and explain its meaning it is then their turn to set a word.