David Cameron says the newly-elected Police and Crime Commissioners will have a mandate despite the low turnout, adding that they are "replacing organisations that weren't directly elected at all".
One polling station for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections has received no votes at all. While turnout for Wales's four police forces ranged from 14.3% to 17.1%, one polling station in Newport didn't receive a single ballot paper for the Gwent Police Commissioner.
Newport Council has declined to name the polling station.
Bristol is heading for a major shock with independent candidate George Ferguson ahead of Labour in the race to become the city's new directly-elected mayor:
- Ferguson who ran as the Bristol 1st candidate polled 31,321 votes to Rees's 25,896 in the first round
- Ferguson failed to secure the 50% he needed to win in the first round and is in a run-off with Rees for second-preference votes after the remaining 13 candidates were eliminated
Turnout was 27.92% with 90,273 people deciding between 15 candidates on the ballot paper.
Some voters showed their disapproval of the police ballot by deliberately spoiling their papers. Some areas reported around 3% of ballot papers were spoilt.
The Conservative candidate, Christopher Salmon won the vote in Dyfed Powys with Labour in second place. Read more from ITV Wales.
The turnouts are lamentable but that is the fault of the Government for constructing them in this system in the first place. It was almost as if the Conservatives were embarrassed by the idea of having these polls. Well, some may say they have got what they wished for. It is no good saying we have got the idea established. This is a very poor start for these Police Commissioners, whichever party they come from... It was crazy to voluntarily choose mid-November for the election. It is cold, it is dark, the clocks have gone back.
A ballot box from one of the Doncaster polling stations contained FIVE papers .
In Caerphilly there were 2•5% of votes spoilt. Many people were deliberately spoiling their ballot paper. This election has been shambolic.
- In Coventry just 10.54% voted
- West Yorkshire recorded 13.76%
- Turnout was 12.8% in Birmingham
- 12.5% in both Walsall and Solihull
- 12.1% of voters bothered to cast their ballots in Sandwell
The fundamental question is... what really are the significant choices that one can put before the electorate about how the job of PCC can be done? Unless there are real choices, it is very difficult to persuade voters that the election is worth voting in. The candidates were all saying we want more police on the beat, we want to tackle anti-social behaviour, we want the police to be more efficient. It is very difficult to find an obvious difference between them in terms of strategic direction.