Voting comes early for students at Ely College as they take part in hustings and a mock election

PUBLISHED: 18:37 06 June 2017 | UPDATED: 18:37 06 June 2017

Students at Ely College enjoy political hustings and a mock vote as South East Cambs parliamentary candidates visit: bottom from left: Lucy Frazer, Huw Jones and Lucy Nethsingha. Top students go to the 'polls'.

Students at Ely College enjoy political hustings and a mock vote as South East Cambs parliamentary candidates visit: bottom from left: Lucy Frazer, Huw Jones and Lucy Nethsingha. Top students go to the 'polls'.

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Ely College students held their own hustings and 'snap' election this week to learn more about the world of voting.

All three candidates vying for the South East Cambs seat: Lucy Frazer (Conservative); Huw Jones (Labour) and Lucy Nethsingha (Lib Dems) attended a ‘hustings’ on Tuesday and addressed the pupils before answering questions.

The aim: to win the students votes in a mock ballot box - the result will be announced today (Thursday) when the country goes to the polls to vote for real for a new government.

Each house in the College represented a constituency and students visited different polling booths around the College to place their vote.

Lorraine Young, teacher, said: “The mock election gave our students a wonderful opportunity to experience playing a role in the democratic process. We hope they will continue to engage with politics once they reach 18 and are able to vote.”

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