The count for the Mayor of London and the members of the London Assembly is now underway in Olympia, ExCel and Alexandra Palace.
Once again, the electorate have had to cope with not one but three different voting systems.
Mayor of London
There are seven candidates for the Mayor of London, with Brian Paddick standing for the Liberal Democrats.
Voters had the opportunity to mark a first and a second preference candidate on the ballot paper. If one candidate achieves more than 50% of the first preference votes then that person is elected. If, as is more likely, no candidate passes the 50% threshold, then the two candidates with the most first preferences go forward to the next stage and all the others are eliminated. The second preferences of the eliminated candidates are then redistributed. At the second stage the winner is whichever of the top two candidates has the greater number of first and second preferences. (This is a variation of AV)
25 members are elected to the London Assembly in an all-in, all-out election every four years.
- 14 represent constituencies. These members are elected using First Past the Post on a second ballot paper.
- 11 are London-wide members. On a third ballot paper, electors can vote for one party list, and this determines the proportionality of seats on the Assembly. The 11 additional places are allocated to the parties so that the overall proportions of the 25 members reflects the voting pattern on this ballot paper.
In the last London elections Liberal Democrats secured three places from the party list. Caroline Pidgeon has served as the group leader, and is top of the list this time round.
Where to see the results
You can follow the live updates on the count on London Elects.
4.30pm: Boris Johnson is ahead of Ken Livingstone on first preferences, with Jenny Jones (Green), Brian Paddick and Siobhan Benita (Independent) very close together in third place. Most of the votes are in, except for the areas being counted at Alexandra Palace.
In the London-wide vote, it is difficult to judge the exact percentages from the barchart, but Labour is first, followed by Conservative, Green, Lib Dem and UKIP. The BNP appears to be out of the running.
5.30pm: Conservatives have been elected in Bexley & Bromley, Croydon & Sutton, Havering & Redbridge, Merton & Wandsworth and West Central. Labour candidates have been elected in Ealing & Hillingdon, Greenwich & Lewisham and Lambeth & Southwark. Six constituencies have not yet declared. See the results here.
7.15pm: Two more constituency results - Conservatives win in South West and Labour win in City & East.
7.30pm: According to the BBC, have declared the figures for the Mayoral vote and these put the first preferences for the candidates as follows - Boris Johnson 46.45%, Ken Livingstone 37.98%, Brian Paddick 4.15%, Jenny Jones 4.06%, Siobhan Benita 3.76%.
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Over to you again...
* Mary Reid is the Tuesday Editor on Lib Dem Voice.