Polling day for Glenrothes voters

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Polling is underway in Glenrothes today in a key by-election.

Voters in Glenrothes West and Kinglassie are choosing their new councillor following the death of Betty Campbell who held the seat for Labour since 2007.

And the outcome could determine who gets control of the town’s area committee - the body which makes key decisions.

The passing of Cllr Campbell meant the committee is locked at five seats each for Labour and SNP, so the stakes are higher than normal in this by-election.

Some polling stations report a steady stream of voters, although turnouts for such events have been notoriously low in the past.

The last one in Glenrothes in June 2013 saw a turnout of just 29.21 per cent.

Polling stations are open until 10.00 p.m. with four schools - South Parks, Rimbleton, Newcastle and Southwood all being used.

The count takes place at Fife House with a result expected around midnight.

The Gazette’s reporter, Neil Henderson will be covering the count live on Twitter.

Follow him @GazetteNeilH for the latest updates

The five candidates standing are: Jane Ann Liston (Lib Dems); Craig Walker (SNP); Alan Seath (Labour); John Wheatley (Conservatives) and Martin Green (UKIP)