London, United Kingdom – The United Kingdom is preparing for local and regional elections, which will report to the government of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and will test the strength of the country’s long-term relationship.
Voting will take place in England, Scotland and Wales, with an estimated 48 million people voting for candidates in more than 5,000 constituencies.
A seat in the UK Parliament, seats on local councils, and all Welsh and Scottish meetings are among the major political appointments.
The polling station opened at 7am (06: 00GMT) and closed at 10pm (21: 00GMT).
Several results were announced early Friday morning before the announcement three days later.
Politicians and analysts, wanting to know how voters are doing, will look at the results carefully.
The election comes at a critical juncture after the UK’s last exit from the European Union and the country is about to resume a deadly explosion on COVID-19.
Resolving legal issues
Of all the so-called “Super Thursday” races, Scottish House elections, which threaten to address the serious legal crisis for Johnson and his ruling Conservative Party, are the most important.
First president Nicola Sturgeon is pushing for a second term in 10 years.
His Scottish National Party (SNP) is seeking a second term in the 129-seat parliament to support him.
But any legally binding investigation is required to be signed by the Johnson government, which the Prime Minister has indicated he refuses.
Pre-elections have confirmed the SNP’s victory in the by-elections, but many of Sturgeon’s demands have not been confirmed.
“There is no doubt that if the SNP wins a major victory, this will help drive the movement for independence,” Tim Bale, a professor of political science at Queen Mary University in London, told Al Jazeera.
“Not immediately, but in the next few years, they will be able to ask for control.”
The SNP failed to take control of the Holyrood convention in 2016, two years after 55% of Scots voted for Scottish independence in a referendum called a “one-generation” poll.
But the call for a re-election in 2014 has grown after Brexit and the UK government eradicated the early stages of the coronavirus, which many see as a threat.
A recent poll says most Scots now want to hide and, even if the SNP sweeps the ground on Thursday, they and other independent parties are expected to get more seats in the Scottish Parliament, meaning the second referendum meeting does not seem to end.
This should cause problems for Johnson.
While it strongly disagrees with another independent vote, it could be that the growing legitimate problem is getting worse and worse.
Gradually, the Prime Minister looks down again communication between Wales, while the pro-Plaid Cymru party is expected to win the 60-seat conference and could play a small part in the post-election alliance with the Labor Party.
Consequences like this could indicate that Wales are preparing for its legislative term, pressuring Johnson, who is keen to avoid the UK deal in his time.
The ‘red wall’ of war will resume
In England, the focus will be on the Hartlepool competition and the local council elections in the former staff positions that replaced the Johnson Conservatives in the December 2019 elections.
Later, Brexit frustrated the lines of war when some of Labor’s conditions were outraged by the opposition party which did not see itself as committed to making the EU divorce work.
While it has not changed its loyalty in 2019, the defeat of Labor in Hartlepool, a northeastern town that has won the party in every election since 1964, represents a major challenge for party leader Keir Starmer.
Starmer, who replaced Jeremy Corbyn after the 2019 vote, has restored aid to the Labor Party’s top spot, promising to rebuild the so-called “red wall” in the Midlands and northern England.
But the Conservatives could be a success in Hartlepool and the right wing party has also been set up to intervene in a number of Labor-controlled councils, according to the survey.
“We expect the same kind we saw in 2019 to be more visible now, with Conservatives starting to find seats in areas that were previously considered strong,” Chris Curtis, chief research officer at the Opinium polling station, told Al Jazeera.
But while the results could shed light on England’s electoral reforms, Curtis and Bale have warned against over-reporting on local ballot results, which are often unacceptable.
“Local elections are useless, but I don’t think they are the best,” Bale said. “Seeing it is fun to do, but it can be misleading.”
Instead, he and Curtis referred to ideas as the most accurate political approach, and a recent survey says Starmer’s Labor is approaching Conservatives.
Johnson’s government was strengthened earlier this year because of the UKVID-19 emergency vaccine in the UK, but it seems to have been affected by recent allegations that the Prime Minister is engaging in “sleaze”, as well as cases of harassment.