BY ALFRED PAGEPITU
WEDNESDAY 23 May saw an overwhelming turnout for the Gizo-Kolombangara by-election polls.
It is reported that even when polling closed at 7pm, some stations still had queues.
Mr Christian Siale, the Western province registration manager yesterday said voting across the constituency was peaceful and had run smoothly.
A spokesperson from the Titiana polling station said literally hundreds turned up to exercise their right to vote.
“I’ve come to vote for the future of this constituency and hope today’s by-election result will be fruitful for the people of this constituency.
“I am very excited to see a lot of grassroots people young and old were lined up to vote.”
Counting will start at 9am today and the winner of the election should be made known around midday.
Police have been working hard in retrieving ballot boxes from 12 polling stations in the constituency when voting closed at 5pm on Wednesday.
When voting closed at 5pm, the first five ballot boxes on Gizo Island were collected by the police and transported to Gizo town.