The Labour and Conservative candidates are now battling it out in the race to become Police Commissioner in Cleveland.
63,431 first preference votes were counted but as no candidate achieved the fifty percent required, a count of second preferences is now underway in Thornaby.
The results were:
Sultan Alam - Independent
Barry Coppinger - Labour
Ken Lupton - Conservative
Joe Michna - Green
The Returning Office has announced that both Sultan Alam and Joe Michna have now been eliminated and counting of second preference votes continues for the Labour and Conservative candidates.