Counting votes at Police Headquarters at Martlesham Heath

Update: Second choices counted as just 70 votes separate police commissioner candidates in Suffolk

Friday, November 16, 2012
4.09 PM

JUST 70 votes separated the top two candidates in Suffolk’s first police election – but only one in six voters took part in yesterday’s elections.

And in Essex the figure was even lower – less than one in seven took part in the election.

The turnout figure in Suffolk was confirmed as 16.01% – 88,497 of the county’s 552,780 voters bothered to take part in the election.

In Essex the turnout across the county was 13.06% – 171,617 out of the county’s 1,313,745 took part in the election.

In Suffolk the first round votes were:

Jane Basham(Lab) - 29,868

David Cocks(Ind) - 14,224

Bill Mountford (UKIP) - 11,278

Tim Passmore (Con)- 29,798.

Jane Basham and Tim Passmore have gone through to the second round, with the other two candidates’ second choice votes being allocated to them.