Voters to the polls in Kelowna to fill Christy Clark’s vacant seat

Voters to the polls in Kelowna to fill Christy Clark's vacant seat

File photo.

File photo.

The polls are open for voters in the Okanagan to determine who will fill the Kelowna-West seat in the legislature to replace former B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

Clark resigned her seat August 4, just over a month after John Horgan was sworn in as premier.

Among the five candidates in the byelection is Liberal Ben Stewart, who won the riding in 2009 and 2013, but gave up the seat to Clark after she lost the Vancouver-Point Grey riding to the NDP.

The other candidates include New Democrat Shelley Cook, Robert Stupka from the Green Party, Conservative Mark Thompson and Ernest Geronazzo is representing the Libertarians.

Elections B.C. says more than 6,000 people turned out to vote in six days of advance polls.

That represents 13 per cent of the riding’s nearly 47,000 voters and just under 41 per cent of voters cast ballots in the last byelection in 2013.

Elections B.C. says a final vote, following tonight’s preliminary count and will include any absentee ballots, will come February 27.

With files from the Canadian Press.

Andy NealAndy Neal

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