MONDAY, DEC. 17: It is fairly quiet at the polling station for Southampton East Central now.

With the polls just closed there were just a handful of voters arriving at Heron Bay School.

Both candidates Leah Scott and Stephen Todd have been welcoming voters since before 8am this morning.

PLP candidate, Stephen Todd, told the Sun he had been greatly encouraged by the turnout throughout the day.

He said: "The thing that has really struck me today has been the enthusiasm of the voters.

"I think the people have dispelled any rumors that they would not come out in force and exercise their rights today."

Ms Scott added: "The reception today has been great. I think we have had something close to a 90 per cent turnout."