The people of the United Kingdom(UK) are voting at the polls today, June 08, to elect a new government in a snap election called by prime Minister Theresa May. All 650 seats at Westminster are being contested for positions as Member of Parliament and 326 seats are need for a party to form a government.
The last UK vote was in 2015, when the Conservatives won 331 seats, but since then, the people of the Kingdom, surprisingly voted to leave the European Union(EU) in 2016, which prompted then Prime Minister, David Cameron to resign, thus paving the way for Theresa May's present leadership.
May's snap election is seen as a sought endorsement of her Brexit policy. However, recent terror events in London and in Manchester, have added crucial security concerns to the importance of the vote. May, a conservative, has said that human rights laws could be changed in order to fight terrorism.
The main opposition party, Labour, led by Jeremy Corbyn, seeks expansion of the National Health Service in the UK.
Other political parties contesting today's vote that could impact the election include: the Liberal Democrats, led by Tim Farron; the Scottish National Party(SNP), led by Nicola Sturgeon; the UK Independence Party(UKP), led Paul Nuttall; the Green Party, co-headed by Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley; Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales, led by Leanne Wood; Sinn Fein, led by Jerry Adams and the Ulster Unionist Party, led by Robin Swann. There are a number of other smaller parties also seeking seats in the British Parliament.
Polls opened at 7:00 BST and will close at 22:00 BST. Election winners could be declared by tomorrow morning.