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After a slow start, the Cromwell Community Board by-election has heated up.

Voting to fill the seat left by the shock resignation of Robin Dicey opened at the start of this month and closes at noon tomorrow.

Two candidates, David George and Bob Scott, are vying for the spot.

The postal election had a slow start, less than 2% of voting papers returned at the end of the the first week.

However, one day before the voting closes that has increased to 26.44% – more than 1700 ballots.

Electoral officer Anthony Morton said turnout for by-elections was typically 10% to 20% lower than regular ones.

It was expected about 2000 voting papers would be received for this by-election.

Those intending to vote can deliver their papers to the ballot boxes at the Central Otago District Council offices in Cromwell and Alexandra.

A provisional result is expected to be released shortly after voting closes, with the final result to be declared early next week.