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Meanwhile, in the UK, the BBC barely mentions the EP elections are taking place and there doesn't appear to be any exit poll.

On the other hand, I was surprised to see an exit poll, here, from The Netherlands when only their own polling stations closed, as I knew there could/would be no exit poll or other analysis in the UK until Sunday evening.

As the Guardian Reports

BBC guidelines state: "While the polls are open throughout Europe, it is a criminal offence to broadcast anything about the way in which people have voted in that election or to forecast the election result, which includes how a particular party or candidate may have fared, based on how people have voted."

Concerned broadcasters are wondering how to comply with this rule, with the potential result that politicians who take to the airwaves on Friday, Saturday or Sunday could be asked to avoid mentioning formal predictions or polling about the Conservative party's expected drubbing - or the Brexit party's anticipated success - in the elections.

The "PM" programme (BBC R4, 5pm, Thursday) had an interview with the BBC compliance officer

In an anomaly that probably predates the Web, print media are not so restricted.

by oldremainmer48 on Fri May 24th, 2019 at 07:48:55 AM EST
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There is a political group #GeenStijl who have tabulated the votes since election night bij calling the local precincts for the results. Poll guru Maurice de Hond has partnered with this group.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Fri May 24th, 2019 at 08:58:08 AM EST
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Survation published a poll which shows Farage breaking 30%, Labour next closely followed by the Tories - both doing better than expected - LibDems in fourth place, and the rest, including Greens, in single digits.

It's not an ideal result, but it could be worse.

And it's reassuringly debatable how it would translate to GE seats, which would very possibly split the Tory/TBP vote allowing everyone else to do better than expected.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri May 24th, 2019 at 12:32:10 PM EST
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