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New round of marathon EU election

EU PARLIAMENT ELECTIONS
EU election results
Thursday: UK and Netherlands
Friday: Ireland, Czech Republic
Saturday: Latvia, Cyprus, Malta, Slovakia, Italy and Czech Republic
Sunday: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden

Results from 2000 GMT Sunday

Voters in Cyprus, Italy, Latvia, Malta and Slovakia have cast their ballots in the latest round of the election for the European Parliament.

Some nations of the 27-member EU, including Britain and the Netherlands, held the vote, which ends on Sunday, earlier in the week.

The 736 seats in the European parliament are up for grabs.

Partial results of the Dutch vote indicate that the party led by right-wing MP Geert Wilders has made gains.

Polls in Slovakia - which voted on Saturday - predicted a turnout of 14%, down three percentage points on its vote in 2004, the EU's lowest to date, AFP news agency said.

In Malta, on the other hand, it was expected to top 80%.

Mr Wilders is facing prosecution over anti-Islamic statements.

The results suggest that his Freedom Party (PVV) has come second in the polls and will get four of the 25 Dutch seats in the assembly.

The European Commission has asked for an explanation from Dutch officials, who broke EU rules by releasing partial results early.

Results are not supposed to be announced until polls close across Europe on Sunday night.

Britain voted on Thursday. Elections there were also held in some areas for local councils.

BBC COVERAGE HIGHLIGHTS
full results for the UK and the rest of Europe from 2100 BST (2000 GMT) on Sunday
Live text commentary telling the story as results come in
Streaming video of the BBC election night TV programme with David Dimbleby

The results of both UK polls are keenly awaited to see how they might affect the national political scene, following weeks of turmoil over MPs' expenses claims.

In Ireland, where the elections were held on Friday, the vote is seen as a key test ahead of a second referendum on the EU's controversial Lisbon Treaty, expected in October.

Irish voters rejected the treaty last year.



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MEP Seats

  Votes MEPs
Party % +/- % Total +/-
EPP 33.4 -1.4 264 -18
Socialists 23.2 -4.1 183 -26
Liberal 11.0 +1.6 84 +5
Green 7.4 +1.3 50 +9
Left 5.3 -0.6 34 -2
UEN 3.4 +1.6 28 +2
Ind/Dem 2.7 -1.8 21 -15
No Group 13.6 +3.4 72 +3.4
0 of 27 countries declared.

UK Total MEP Seats

Party Votes MEPs
% +/- % Total +/-
CON 27.7 1.0 *26 1
UKIP 16.5 0.3 13 1
LAB 15.7 -6.9 13 -5
LD 13.7 -1.2 11 1
GRN 8.6 2.4 2 0
BNP 6.2 1.3 2 2
SNP 2.1 0.7 2 0
PC 0.8 -0.1 1 0
OTH 8.5 2.4 0 0
SF 1 0
DUP 1 0
72 of 72 seats declared. Vote share figures exclude Northern Ireland as it has a separate electoral system to the rest of the UK
* Includes UCUNF MEP elected in Northern Ireland
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