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Election / Polls open for council by-elections

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VOTING is underway in two Shetland Islands Council by-elections.

Five candidates each are standing in the Lerwick South and Shetland Central wards, with voting taking place today (Thursday) until 10pm.

The candidates in Lerwick South are Stephen Flaws, Caroline Henderson, Gary Robinson, Frances Valente and Arwed Wenger.

In Shetland Central Johan Adamson, Julie Buchan, Stewart Douglas, Gordon Laverie and Moraig Lyall are in the running.

All candidates are independent apart from Douglas, who is standing for the SNP.

The Lerwick vacancy was triggered after former councillor Beatrice Wishart was elected as Shetland’s new MSP.

In the central ward Mark Burgess stepped down for personal reasons.

Votes will be counted on Friday morning at Lerwick Town Hall and Shetland News will provide coverage from the event.