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Polling stations close soon

There's under an hour to go (7.15pm) before the polls close in the 2011 House of Keys general election.

Polling stations around the Island have been open since 8am.

In a few hours time, we'll find out how the Manx people have voted, and what the next House will look like.

It's been described as the most important Manx election in decades with the economy top of the agenda for candidates across the board.

And on the evidence of public meetings over the past few weeks, it's the issue at the front of voters' minds as well.

Polling stations close at 8 pm, at the end of the first 12-hour voting window in a Manx general election.

Sixty thousand, 382 people have registered to vote this time, representing 87 per cent of the total number of citizens who could vote.

That compares to a 95 per cent take-up in the United Kingdom.

At each polling station - in the towns, villages and scattered communities around the Island - ballot boxes will be sealed and transported to the constituency nerve-centres, where the counts will take place.

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