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South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner vote goes to second count

By EvansTheCrime  |  Posted: November 16, 2012

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The South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner count is under way

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The race to be South Wales Police's first elected crime commissioner has gone to a second count after no candidate get a majority in the first round.

Labour candidate Alun Michael polled the most votes across the force - 66,879 - but failed to reach the 51 per cent threshold needed for an outright win.

The former MP has now gone into the second round of counting along with the runner-up, independent candidate and former policeman Mike Baker, who polled 46,264 votes.

Election officials are now counting the second vote preferences from the two eliminated candidates, Tory Caroline Jones and independent Tony Verderame, and redistributing the votes to Mr Michael and Mr Baker.

Meanwhile Conservative candidate Christopher Salmon won the commissioner election in Dyfed-Powys Police, defeating Labour candidate Christine Gwyther, while independents won in Gwent and North Wales, with former policeman Ian Johnston winning in Gwent and barrister Winston Roddick winning in North Wales.

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First choices votes per candidate:

 

Mike Baker (independent) 46,264

Caroline Jones (Conservative) 20,913

Alun Michael (Labour) 66,879

Tony Verderame (independent) 8,378

 

 

Voter turnout South Wales:  15.16 per cent

Voter turnout Swansea: 12.77 per cent

Voter turnout Neath Port Talbot: 16.15 per cent

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  • crystalsteven  |  November 19 2012, 5:12PM

    with the millions that was spent on campaigning for this election, would it not have been better to spend the money on more police officers rather than wasting tax payers money on mickey mouse ideas. Just another example of wasted funds during a recession.

  • odinhouse  |  November 16 2012, 6:46PM

    ""i note that 2 of the Welsh Police and Crime Commissioner's are EX police officer's , DON'T THEY GET A PENSION FROM THE POLICE FORCE. if so doe's it mean they have a '' interest '' then in the Police Force and are they any members of any Lodge...? if they get a Pension they should STAND Down.. and there are still '' 10 '' out slider's of people over seeing the Police and Crime Commissioner , So do they also Get Paid ££££££££ ...? our police Taxes""

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  • Dooyah  |  November 16 2012, 5:58PM

    Standard procedure following resignation of an MP of a political party: 1. Chief Whip of party, at the start of proceedings in the HoC, moves a motion to command the Speaker to issue a warrant. 2. The Speaker issues a warrant to the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery. 3. The writ issued by Chancery fixes the date of the byelection. Dan01 Given the information that I've listed, do you think that the Tories fixed the date of the Corby byelection? DDTrebs The Tories in Westminster hold the purse strings and they are reducing police resources by a huge amount e,g. cutting police jobs by over 30,000.

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  • tellyon  |  November 16 2012, 4:30PM

    With such a low turnout it might be said that none of the candidates won. They all lost.

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  • Dan01  |  November 16 2012, 4:21PM

    If ever there was an engineered election. Alun Michael, stands down as MP in a safe Labour seat, then stands for Labour as PCC. Election & byelection held on same day (Labour's choice) boosting number of labour voters turning out,guranteeing Michael a win. Zimbabwe type of democracy.

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  • DDTrebs  |  November 16 2012, 3:59PM

    What a strange election. Nobody really understood what or who they were voting for. Millions spent on polling staff and schools closed. Very poor publicity across the media and candidates desperately fundraising for money to keep the campaigns going. I honestly think that an appointment like this should be a non-political one. It will be interesting to see what happens closer to the next elections. For example if Alun Michael is confirmed as the winner, what are the bets that police resources will be concentrated on those safe or marginal Labour seats.

  • JerryLew  |  November 16 2012, 3:35PM

    SWEP put more info on the topic! What was the turnout? Info on BBC website is 15.1% - that's pathetic. How many empty ballot boxes? Leave this one for you to find out. Then again you do like to publish half stories.

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