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The six local election seats still empty will be filled by this afternoon

Voting in Ballybay-Clones had been postponed following the death of a candidate.

Tellers empty the ballot boxes as they pull out ballot papers from both the European and Local Elections ;ast week at the RDS in Dublin.
Tellers empty the ballot boxes as they pull out ballot papers from both the European and Local Elections ;ast week at the RDS in Dublin.
Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

COUNTING WILL BEGIN this morning in a Monaghan electoral area after the election was postponed following the death of a candidate.

The Ballybay-Clones election was suspended after sitting councillor Owen Bannigan suffered a suspected heart attack while canvassing and died on the day of the election last month.

The father-of-five had represented the Castleblayney area since 1999.

A total of eleven candidates are now running in the election, including Bannigan’s son Eugene on the Fine Gael ticket.

After their previously cast votes were destroyed by election officials, locals took to the polls again yesterday between 8am and 10am.

Counting will be begin at 8.30am and is expected to have finished by 3pm.

Read: Who is your new local councillor? Here’s a list of everyone elected so far >

More: Monaghan councillor dies while canvassing on election day >

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