In Dorset, there were just four candidates fighting for the post of Police and Crime Commissioner. The three main parties and an independent. It was won by the Independent and former Police Officer, Martyn Underhill with the Conservative second after second preferences were considered.
He became the first Independent to be elected to the role anywhere in the south west. Duncan Sleightholme reports.
Our reporter Richard Payne is at the count in Frenchay near Bristol. He says the result in the Avon and Somerset PCC election is due at 1730, with independent Sue Mountstevens strong favourite.
Avon and Somerset Police Authority has revealed the figures for the turn-out for last night's elections for the Police and Crime Commissioner.
They show a low turn-out in our region. The figures for Bristol are higher because the city was also taking part in mayoral elections.
- Sedgemoor District Council 14.35%
- Mendip District Council 18.53%
- South Somerset District Council 19.24%
- South Gloucestershire Council 16.3%
- Bath & NE Som Council 15.95%
- Taunton Deane Borough Council 18.13%
- West Somerset District Council 16.91%
- Bristol City Council 27.48%
- North Somerset Council 16.01%
The election for the new post of Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset will go to a second count. The first count put the Independendent candidate ahead with the Conservatives in second place. The two others will now step aside for them to battle it out over voters' second choices.
- Sue Mountstevens (Ind) - 83,985
- Ken Maddock (Con) - 57,094
- John Savage (Lab) - 49,989
- Pete Levy (Lib Dem) - 43,446
The Independent candidate Martyn Underhill has been elected the Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset with a total of 51930 votes.
The first declaration in the Devon & Cornwall PCC election is expected around two o'clock with a final result likely to be at around 5pm, if second preference votes have to be counted
Turnout was 15.1%, according to Cornwall Council. In Plymouth the figure was 13.03% &
17.46% in West Devon.
Martyn Underhill (Independent) 43,425
Nick King (Con) 31,425
Rachel Rogers (Lab) 11,596
Andy Canning (Lib Dem) 9,963
The second preference votes for Martyn Underhill and Nick King are being counted.
No candidate has more than 50% after 1st round of ther Dorset PCC count. So going to count 2nd preferences for Nick King, Conservative and Martyn Underhill, Independent.
Provisional results from the Dorset count show strong support for Martin Underhill, the independent candidate. The Conservative, Nick King, seems to be close behind.
An average of just 15% turned out to vote in the Police and Crime Commissioner elections across Devon and Cornwall.
Plymouth saw the lowest turnout with just 13% of the electorate voting.
Counting will begin later this morning across the Westcountry. Whoever is elected to the newly created role will oversee the regions police forces.
- Cornwall - 15.21%
- East Devon - 16.35%
- Exeter - 15.44%
- Mid Devon - 16.18%
- North Devon - 15.20%
- Plymouth - 13.03%
- South Hams - 17.05%
- Teignbridge - 16.00%
- Torbay - 13.58%
- Torridge - 14.86%
- West Devon - 17.46%