The Independent candidate Simon Hayes has been elected as the first Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Police and Crime Commissioner.
He will take office from Thursday 22nd November.The Independent candidate Simon Hayes has been elected as the first Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police and Crime Commissioner.
Votes of the second preference were counted, as no candidate had the required 50% needed to be elected. After the second round of counting, Simon Hayes was declared winner.
After the first preference votes were counted, Michael Mates, a Conservative candidate and ex-minister, led. However, he did not have the 50% needed to be elected.
After counting first choice votes, the candidates were as follows:
- Michael Mates: 24.8% 52,616
- Simon Hayes: 22.7% 47,632
- Jacqui Rayment 18.3% 38,813
- David Goodall 12.8% 27,197
- Don Jerrard: 11.5% 24,443
- Stephen West: 9.9% 21,185
After this, only Simon Hayes and Michael Mates remained. The second preference votes chosen by voters for the four other candidates were now counted and distributed between the two candidates.
From these votes, the overall winner emerged as Simon Hayes, by a count of 80,669 to 65,804.
Turnout has been low nationally at the Police and Crime Commissioner elections, with turnout in Hampshire at 15%, as described here. Specifically, Southampton’s turnout was 13.3%.
The Hampshire commissioner’s job will give a salary of £85,000.
Simon Hayes will take office from Thursday 22nd November.