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West Tyrone goes to the polls

Voting takes place today in the West Tyrone by-election. Picture by Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The people of West Tyrone go to the polls today to elect a Westminster representative for the third time in as many years.

Today's by-election, which is being contested by five candidates, was prompted by January's resignation of Sinn Féin MP Barry McElduff.

There are 64,000 registered voters in the largely rural constituency, which in last June's general election saw one of the highest turnouts at 68.2 per cent.

The doors of the constituency's 41 polling stations will open at 7 am and close at 10 pm. Anybody who finds themselves queuing outside the polling station at 10 pm will be permitted to vote.

The first ballot box is expected to arrive at the Omagh Leisure Centre count centre around 20 minutes after the polls close, when counting will commence.

The result in the first past the post election is expected from 2 am onwards.

Today's by-election comes less than 12 months after last year's general election and is the third Westminster poll since May 2015.

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