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Police commissioner elections: Two Independent candidates elected in Wales, while low turnout criticised

Four new commissioners have been voted into their jobs to oversee the work of the police forces of Wales.

They were elected on turn outs as low as 14.3% -- one of the lowest votes ever. And there was a big shock for Labour - Independent candidates won both North Wales and Gwent and the Conservatives took Dyfed Powys. Labour's only win was in South Wales.

The commissioners will between them set budgets that currently stand at more that £600m.

They will appoint and - if necessary - dismiss Chief Constables and agree on policing priorities -- but not interfere with operational decisions. They are also supposed to consult with the public.

But with such a low turnout, one senior Welsh politician has called the whole process "shambolic". So how will the new commissioners make a success of their jobs? Our Political Editor Adrian Masters reports.

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