Votes still being counted in Essex & Herts

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It's done. Polling is closed. All over the district ballot boxes are coming in to the @lordbutlerlc via canoe, camel, rickshaw and Ferrari

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#Colchester Council chief exec Adrian Pritchard: All ballot boxes have now been verified. In 10 minutes votes will start to be counted.

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Deputy @eastherts leader Malcolm Alexander predicts turnout could be as low as 25 per cent

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Vote 2013: winners & losers

UKIP have had their best ever result in local elections with gains in the Anglia region. There were county council elections in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire and Suffolk on Thursday 2 May 2013.