Voting » 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 altogether, each representing one area - or CONSTITUENCY - of the country. To find out who your MP is click here.

The political party with the most MPs after the election forms the GOVERNMENT and the leader of that party becomes the PRIME MINISTER. They are in charge of running the country.

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

Watch a short video on how voting at a polling station works by clicking here.

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.