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Police commissioners: Former officers on elections turnout

The Electoral Commission says it will carry out a review of how the police and crime commissioner elections were conducted after the lowest turnouts in peacetime history.

The average across Wales was just under 15% with similar levels in England.

Here, independent candidates picked up two of the positions, in the North Wales and Gwent force areas. Labour won in South Wales with the Conservatives taking Dyfed-Powys.

Dai Davies, former head of royal protection at Scotland Yard, told BBC Wales' Peter Johnson there was no point in having a commissioner and it was another level of bureaucracy.

But he starts by speaking to another former Metropolitan Police officer Byron Davies, now the Conservative assembly member for South Wales West, who said despite the "regrettable" turnout the newly elected commissioners did have a mandate.

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  • 17 Nov 2012
  • From the section Wales