VOTERS in East ward go to the polls today in a by-election triggered by the resignation of former councillor Mike Connolly.

Our reporter Nick Statham will be tweeting from the Elizabethan Suite at the town hall tonight as the ballot boxes begin to arrive.

Follow @NickStathamBN from 10pm for updates.

The candidates vying to be the East wards's new representative are:

Nicole Haydock (Green Party)

Gavin McGill (Labour Party)

Andy Minty (Liberal Democrats)

Sohail Raja (Conservative Party)

Angela Zwierzanski (UK Independence Party)