Voting has started on a high note in Karonga Central Constituency where five candidates are contesting to replace Dr. Cornelius Mwalwanda who succumbed to COVID-19 a few months ago.
As early as 05: 30am, there were long queues of people at Mwenilondo, Lupembe, Lughali and Mlare Polling centres waiting for their turns to cast a vote.
According to National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) Public Trust regional civic education officer Vincent Kalawa, the turn up is good and encouraging.
"We are impressed with the turn up," Kalawa said.
The five candidates are: Leonard Mwalwanda of MCP, Ernest Mwalughali of DPP, UTM Party Frank Mwenifumbo, independent candidate Mary Florence Nthakomwa and Mbakuwaku Movement for Development's Nellie Sichali.
Independent candidate Nthakomwa already cast her vote at 06.30 am while UTM Party candidate Frank Mwenifumbo voted at 09.45 am at Mwenilondo polling centre.
About 16,180 are expected to vote today to elect their August House representative in the closely contested election.
Voting will close at 6pm this evening.