Live Updates: Michael Wood has comfortably won the Mt Roskill by-election with a margin of 6518 votes. 

Dr Parmar came distant second with a total tally of 4652 votes as opposed to Michael wood final count of 11,170

Mr Wood's total vote count so far was 8333, whereas his nearest National rival Dr Parmjeet Parmar was trailing behind at 3,305 votes. 

NZPP's Roshan Nauhria has failed to make any significant impact so far. 

Michael Wood has taken an early lead in the counting of advance votes which began shortly after voting ended at 7 p.m. tonight. 

The elections which were necessitated after Phil Goff's election as Mayor of Auckland earlier last month. 

This news has expectedly brought some relief in the Labour camp whcih was under tremendous pressure to retain the traditioanal safe seat for the Labour. 

The National Party has been relying on playing a mind game to unsettle Labour party prior to election. 

The emergence of New Zealand People's Party (NZPP) the country's first political party claiming support of ethnic immigrants has threatened to spoil the party for the Labour Party. 

In last year's general elections Labour party was behind National Party by 2000 votes in the party votes. 

So far, the counting of advance voting suggest that Labour is on track to retain this seat. 

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