Voters go to the polls in Mid-Ulster

Friday 08 March 2013 12.13
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Counting of votes has begun
Counting of votes has begun
Martin McGuinness is standing down to concentrate on his work as Deputy First Minister
Martin McGuinness is standing down to concentrate on his work as Deputy First Minister

Voting is now completed in a by-election in Mid-Ulster to elect a new Westminster MP.

The vacancy was caused by the decision of Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness to step down to concentrate on his work as Deputy First Minister.

Counting of votes is now under way and a result is due in the early hours of tomorrow.

The candidates are Sinn Féin's Francie Molloy, the SDLP's Patsy McGlone, the Alliance Party’s Eric Bullick, and Nigel Lutton, who is standing as an independent with the backing of Stormont's main unionist parties.

Turnout was running at 14% by early this afternoon.