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Polls open for General Election

Thu, 22 Sep 2016

It's election day on the Isle of Man with voters heading to the polls to pick Members of the House of Keys.

There's been a big change since the 2011 General Election, with a review of constituency boundaries reducing the number of voting areas and ensuring every constituency picks two representatives.

24 MHKs will be picked across 12 constituencies to serve a five-year term in the Island's parliament. 63 candidates are standing, including 17 seeking re-election after serving in the last term.

As a result, there will be several new faces in the House of Keys, with a number of current members choosing not to seek re-election.

Those elected will be sworn in next week before meeting in Tynwald to pick the next Chief Minister on October 4th.

Polling stations opened at 8am and those on the electoral register have until 8pm to cast their votes.

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