Islanders are heading to the polls today (Thursday December 12th), with polling stations open until 10pm for voting in the UK General Election.

Welovestornoway.com will be with you through the night as the na h-Eileanan an Iar constituency count takes place at Lewis Sports Centre, and you can follow our live coverage on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/welovestornoway/.

The result is expected to be declared at approximately 2.30am – we’ll give the result, the turnout and extra background detail to you at the earliest opportunity.

A total of 21,106 people are registered to vote in the Western Isles, including 4,710 postal voters. If you applied for a postal vote, you must return it by 10pm today. If you have left it too late to post, you can drop it in at any polling station in the Na h-Eileanan an Iar constituency or at the election office, council offices, Sandwick Road, Stornoway.

Returning officer Malcolm Burr yesterday issued guidance to voters ahead of the poll. He said: “When voting at the Polling Station it is helpful to take your poll card with you although you do not require it to vote. Polling Station staff will give you your ballot paper and answer any questions you have regarding the voting process.

“For this election you will vote for one candidate only by putting a cross (X) in the box next to your choice.”

The Stornoway South and Stornoway North wards are expected to be counted first tonight, with ballot boxes arriving at the count centre soon after 10pm.

Ballot boxes from the southern isles are due to arrive at the count centre at approximately 1.30am tomorrow (Friday).