When will we know the Harrogate election result? Here's everything you need to know about the count

With just hours to go until the polling stations close at 10pm, the Harrogate Advertiser has taken a look at the full timings and location for tonight's count and the declaration of results.

Thursday, 12th December 2019, 5:01 pm
Updated Thursday, 12th December 2019, 11:12 pm

Where will the count be held?

The Harrogate Convention Centre.

What time does it start?

With just hours to go until the polling stations close at 10pm, the Harrogate Advertiser has taken a look at the full timings and location for tonight's count and the declaration of results.

9.30pm - Venue opens to candidates, agents, press and guests.

10pm - Verification of ballot papers starts.

11.30pm - Count starts.

What time is the result for the Harrogate and Knaresborough constituency expected to be declared by the returning officer?

Harrogate Borough Council's press and communications team now estimate that the result could be declared between 1am and 1.30am.

What is the process for the count?

Once all boxes have been verified for each team, they will move directly on to the count.

- The Acting Returning Officer will announce which teams are starting to count the votes.

- The ballot papers will be organised into piles of votes for each candidate.

- Any doubtful ballot papers will be placed into the doubtful tray for adjudication by the Acting Returning Officer.

- Once all votes have been counted, the Acting Returning Officer or his deputies will adjudicate the doubtful votes in front of any count agents or candidates present, and the final totals will be amended following the adjudication process.

- The result for each team will be passed to the top table for a final result to be calculated.

- The Acting Returning Officer will then gather the candidates to provide the provisional result.

- If there are no requests for a re-count, the Acting Returning Officer will then make the formal declaration of result to all guests, candidates, press and staff present.

- The candidate that is duly elected will then need to complete the required paperwork before leaving the count venue.