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General Election 2017: The key Northern Ireland battlegrounds and expected result times

Stay with the Belfast Telegraph for all the results as they happen through the night

Northern Ireland is in the throws of yet another vote, the seventh in the past three years. Here we look at some of the key battlegrounds in Northern Ireland.

The result of a joint BBC, ITV and Sky exit poll will be released at 10pm - as soon as polling stations close. The survey will be taken from 144 polling stations across Britain, asking voters at these stations to mark a mock ballot paper to show how they have voted. Similar exit polls have correctly predicted who would take the keys to Number 10 in the last five elections, and in 2005 and 2010 came extremely close to predicting the exact number of seats.

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Results to watch for (timings approximate):

12am

The three Sunderland constituencies - traditionally first to declare and all safe Labour seats- should be in. 

1.30am

North Belfast: DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds is expected to hold on, but could face a stiff challenge from new Sinn Fein candidate, John Finucane.  South Belfast: The SDLP's Alasdair McDonnell received the lowest share of the vote of any MP in the last general election and is very vulnerable in this four-way fight also involving Alliance, the DUP and Sinn Fein. 

2am

The East Belfast tussle between Alliance leader Naomi Long and the DUP's Gavin Robinson has been too close to call. Long took the seat from previous DUP leader Peter Robinson in 2010, but she lost it to Gavin Robinson five years later.  The Foyle result should be in around the same time. Sinn Fein overtook the SDLP here for the first time in the 2017 Assembly election, and pundits will be watching for evidence of unionists voting tactically for Mark Durkan. 

2.15am

The UUP's Danny Kinahan could be pushed out by the DUP's Paul Girvan. The seat has flipped between the two parties in the past, but the Ulster Unionists are desperate to hold the seat, one of only two they have. 

3.30am

South Down: Sinn Fein overtook the SDLP here in the Assembly election, but the SDLP's Margaret Ritchie can count on unionist tactical votes to help her. But will it be enough? 

5am

Fermanagh & South Tyrone: Sinn Fein's Michelle Gildernew is hoping to win back the seat from the UUP's Tom Elliott in this knife-edge vote. While unionists have united behind the agreed candidate, republicans have thrown everything into winning the seat back. 

The final seats should be declared just before lunchtime on Friday.

How to keep up to date: You can follow all the count results as they happen with The Belfast Telegraph. We'll have up-to-the minute coverage of all the drama and the results as the ballots are counted through the night across the UK and we'll have a team of reporters at each of the count centres across Northern Ireland. As well as a brand new graphics system we'll bring you the key statistics and trends on how each of the parties fared and also the best analysis and reports for each of the 18 constituencies.

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