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British voter casts his ballot at polling station

2010-05-06 13:39:06 GMT2010-05-06 21:39:06 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

LONDON, May 6 (Xinhua) -- Edward de Mesquita, in his 50s, got up early Thursday, and went to London's West Hampstead polling station to vote in the British general election.

Polling stations opened from 7 a.m. local time (0600 GMT) to 10 p.m. (2100 GMT). Edward arrived on time, but found dozens of voters already standing in line.

Many of the voters were office workers, and they wanted to cast votes to show support for either the Labor Party, the Conservatives, or the Liberal Democrats before going to work.

Edward registered his voter's number first, and then was given a ballot from staff.

His choice in his constituency was the candidate from the Conservatives.

"I think at the moment, the best chances are on the Conservatives. It's not a matter of how many, but whether the Conservatives get a good majority, enough to be able to form a proper government. That's important," Edward told Xinhua.

Edward has been a Conservatives' supporter for a long time, and he tried to vote for a change after the Labor Party controled the government since 1997.

"I've always believed in the Conservative Party, but probably more now than ever, because at the end of the day, it's a correlation of lots of ideas, and my feeling is that probably at the moment the Conservative policies are very much in line with my own feelings, so yes, I am very much conservative at the moment," he said.

In the last election, Conservatives won West Hampstead with 12,148 ballots, beating the Labor Party's 10,776 and the Liberal Democrats' 6,548.

Edward has to wait until Friday for the official results.

There are 4,149 candidates battling for 649 parliament seats.

More than 20 million out of 43 million voters were expected to vote.

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