Election count to be shown live online

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The count for this week’s county council elections will be broadcast live via an online webcast for the first time.

Voters will also be able to see the election results as they are declared by using the council’s interactive results page as well as by following Telegraph reporters who will be tweeting from the count in Kettering.

As each result is released at the count, the county council website will be updated and an illustrative map will show each division turning the colour of the winning party in that area.

People can search for the results where they live by tapping in their postcode, district or electoral division.

Paul Blantern, county council chief executive and returning officer, said: “We now webcast council meetings as a matter of routine but this is the first time we’ve been able to broadcast an election count live.

“By making the event so accessible it will help people see what happens at an election count and hopefully raise interest in local democracy.

“The results web pages will be updated as the results come in, giving live updates and conveying the excitement of the count.

“In the last election in 2009 the service proved remarkably popular with thousands of hits and we hope that’s the same this time round.”

This year is the first election since a review of Northamptonshire’s electoral divisions was undertaken by the Boundary Commission.

As a result of that review, the county will have 57 county councillors following the count, compared to the current figure of 73.

People will have the chance to have their say on how services in Northamptonshire are run over the next fours years when they go to the polls on Thursday, May 2.

However due to the very detailed verification procedures involved, the counting of the ballot papers and the announcement of the results will take place the following day.

For more information go to www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/election.

Reporters from the Telegraph will be at the count on Friday and you can follow the results as they come in via our website at www.northantstelegraph, by following us on twitter @NTnewseditor and by using the twitter hashtag #nccvote2013.