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Let counting commence

Ballot boxes

Ballot boxes

The counting of the ballot papers in Avon and Somerset’s second Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) election has begun.

Yesterday residents across Avon and Somerset went to the polls to vote for the seven candidates standing to be Avon and Somerset’s next Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC).

Ballot boxes from each of the nine local authority areas of Avon and Somerset are now being counted.

Following verification this morning results show that the turn-out has increased from the 2012 PCC election from 19.59% to 26.64%.

Verification results in the local authority areas are as follows:

  • Bath & North East Somerset Council – 25,907 – 19.25%
  • Bristol City Council – 140,836 – 44.46%
  • Mendip District Council – 18,320 – 22.15%
  • North Somerset Council – 31,982 – 20.14%
  • Sedgemoor District Council – 16,266 – 18.29%
  • South Gloucestershire – 41,751 – 20.14%
  • South Somerset District Council – 27,994 – 22.60%
  • Taunton Deane Borough Council – 16,913 – 20.65%
  • West Somerset District Council - 5,487 - 20.43%

Visit www.avonpccelection2016.org.uk for more details.

Police and Crime Commissioner Elections use the supplementary vote system, which means a voter is required to indicate their first and second preference candidates on the ballot paper.

If no candidate has more than 50 per cent of the vote, all candidates apart from those in the first and second place are eliminated.

The ballot papers showing a first preference for the eliminated candidates are checked for their second preference.

Any second preference votes for the two remaining candidates are then added to the candidates’ first preference votes and the candidate with the most votes wins.

A Police and Crime Commissioner is elected by residents every four-years to oversee Avon and Somerset Police and ensure the criminal justice system is efficient and effective. They are responsible for setting the priorities for the police in consultation with you and decide how your policing part of the council tax is spent.

If you want to keep up-to-date with the progress of the count follow us on twitter @AandSPCC and keep checking this website for updates.

Posted on Friday 6th May 2016
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