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The widespread adoption of broadband technology has enabled voters to fully engage with the 2010 general election, it has been suggested.

According to research conducted by mobile broadband provider Orange, more than half of all survey respondents have used the internet to read or receive information about the election during the course of the campaign.

More than ever before, political parties have taken advantage of consumer broadband habits to market their policies and canvass votes online.

According to Shane Greer, Executive Editor at political magazine Total Politics, this has helped inform and educate the electorate.

"More people now are getting and digesting the news online and that's only been a good thing," he stated.

However, Mr Greer added that the involvement of the internet in the run up to this election is unlikely to have increased the turnout of younger voters.

The general election has resulted in a hung parliament, with no single party achieving an overall majority.

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