The turnout for this year’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections for the Thames Valley was almost double the previous figure as Conservative candidate Anthony Stansfeld was re-elected.
After no candidate received more than 50 per cent of the first preference vote, the count went to the second round on Friday.
Stansfeld won with 54 per cent of the final votes, closely followed by Labour’s Laetisia Carter with 46 per cent.
There were about 430,000 votes cast in Thursday’s election and the turnout was 25.6 per cent.
David Buckle, police area returning officer for the Thames Valley, said: “The turnout was much higher than 2012 when we first ran these elections, where it was just over 13 per cent, so we’re grateful to those who took the time to vote.”
In the first preference vote, the results were as follows:
Anthony Stansfeld: 164,554 (39.93 per cent)
Laetisia Carter: 138,084 (33.5 per cent)
John Howson (Lib Dem): 59,575 (14.45 per cent)
Lea Trainer (UKIP): 49,942 (12.12 per cent)
Anthony Stansfeld and Laetisia Carter went on to the second round of counting, and John Howson and Lea Trainer were eliminated.
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