"Yes, it was a low turnout, but the mandate comes with the office", newly-elected Police & Crime Commissioner for Dyfed Powys Christopher Salmon told Kevin Ashford.
"100% of people had a chance to vote. Clearly, there are lessons to be learnt, and I'm not under any illusions about that."
"It happens at an unusual time of year - that will change in future. It's the first time for the post, and it's taken a lot of explaining to people".
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.