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Polling day dawns in Douglas by-elections

Contests taking place in two constituencies

Voters in North and South Douglas go to the polls today to fill two vacant seats in the House of Keys.

Polling stations in the constituencies are open from 8am until 8pm.

Four candidates are contesting the election in South Douglas, and three in the capital's northern seat.

They've been campaigning in earnest for more than a month.

Today they await the electorates' decision.

The successful candidates will serve just 16 months in office - as a general election is due in September 2016.

Chief Minister Allan Bell says the short term will serve as a foundation for the new national politicians: 

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