The UKIP MEP for Wales has called for Home Secretary to resign over the predicted low turnout for the Police and Crime Commissioner Elections. John Bufton has written to Theresa May accusing her of ignoring advice from the Electoral Commission which could have increased turnout and voter engagement.
It is quite clear to me that on the grounds that the Home Office wilfully ignored repeated advice from the Electoral Commission who are established to ensure democratic and fair voting in the UK that Theresa May could stand accused of gerrymandering.
Here's an extract from his letter:
With reference to the dismally low turn out for the elections for Police and Crime Commissioners in England and Wales, I have grave concerns about the legitimacy of the results and the democratic validity of your post and call upon you to resign your portfolio with immediate effect.
I believe you and your department at best may be charged with utterly and hopelessly failing the general public over these elections, and at worst may stand accused of gerrymandering.
I fear the Home Office anticipated, if not engineered, the appallingly low turn out and wilfully permitted the elections to continue in full knowledge that the majority of the general public were not engaged with.
These elections represented a departure from normal voting procedures, with the Home Office for the first time assuming responsibility over the management of the elections and raising public awareness.
A 'detailed inquiry' will held into the Police and Crime Commissioner polls. In Gwent, only 14.3% voted - many places saw no ballots at all.
Independents take North Wales and Gwent, while the Conservative candidate wins in Dyfed Powys. Labour wins in the South Wales region.
Counting will get underway later this morning, in elections for new Police and Crime Commissioners for each of Wales' forces.