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Voters in Kelowna West head to the polls tomorrow for by-election

Last Updated Feb 13, 2018 at 4:56 pm PDT

(Sonia Aslam, NEWS 1130 Photo)

By-election in Kelowna West to fill seat left vacant when former Premier Christy Clark quit politics

KELOWNA (NEWS 1130) –More than 6,000 people didn’t wait for Tuesday’s Throne Speech to help them decide who to pick as their next MLA for the Kelowna West byelection.

Andrew Watson with Elections BC says 6,100 votes have already been cast during six days of advance polling for the seat left vacant by former Premier Christy Clark last summer.

“It’s a little less than what we saw in the 2017 provincial general election for the district where there were approximately 8,500 ballots cast. The advanced voting turnout for this byelection is around 13 per cent of registered voters in the district.”

He says turnout’s been strong so far.

“Began on Tuesday, February 6th, so, in all, we saw about 6,100 voters cast their ballots during the advance voting period. It’s comparable to, um, what we saw in the 2013 Westside Kelowna byelection… For this byelection, we’ve seen steady turnout on each day, so there’s around a thousand people voting on each day of the advanced voting period. The first day was actually the lowest turnout day for this byelection and the largest was the last day on Sunday.”

Watson adds the candidates vying to be BC’s newest MLA include Ben Stewart for the Liberals, Shelley Cook for the New Democrats and Robert Stupka for the Greens.

“Typically, we start seeing the first results come in about 20 minutes or half an hour after the polls close. We’ll be counting ballots from advanced and general voting and then, absentee ballots will be counted during the final count process.”

Stewart gave up the seat in 2013, so Clark could have it after she lost her Vancouver riding to the NDP during the main election that year.

Stay tuned to NEWS 1130 for the results after the polls close at 8pm tomorrow.