LIVE BLOG: Police commissioner election count
TORBAY fielded the second lowest number of voters in Devon and Cornwall for yesterday's police commissioner elections.
An average of just 15 per cent of people turned out to vote in the Police and Crime Commissioner elections across Devon and Cornwall.
Plymouth saw the lowest turnout with just 13.03% of the electorate voting.
In Torbay the figure was 13.58; in South Hams 17.05 and in Teignbridge 16 per cent.
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West Devon fielded the largest percentage with 17.46.
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Ten candidates – the most of any of the 41 elections nationally – are fighting for the £85,000-a-year post in Devon and Cornwall.
The victor, who will be announced this evening, will control key issues such as the police budget, overall strategy, and hold senior officers to account.
Despite being billed as the biggest change to policing for 50 years and bringing an unprecedented level of accountability to local policing, concerns have repeatedly been raised about the lack of public interest in the ballot.
The Government refused to pay for candidate leaflets to be delivered to households, as is normal in General Elections.
Numerous warnings have been issued about turnout with critics of the elections saying it would undermine new commissioners' mandate.
The Electoral Reform Society, which said fewer than one in five voters could turn out, described the situation as "a perfect storm, which could result in the lowest turnout for a national election in British history".
Votes were last night being verified at centres across the two counties before being moved to the count at Carn Brea, in West Cornwall.
Counting will start at 11am with the winner due to be announced at 8pm.