The results of Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) election have now been counted and the results published.
Festus Akinbusoye has been elected to the role of Police and Crime Commissioner for the county.
Akinbusoye, Festus Conservative Party 51,700
Hamill, Patrick Independent 8,279
Michael, David Labour Party 42,708
Parmar, Jas Liberal Democrat 15,983
Vitiello, Antonio Daniel English Democrats 3,387
In the second round Mr Akinbuyose secured 8,093 second preference votes for a total of 59,793.
Mr Michael secured 8,107 second preference votes for a total of 50,815.
The overall turnout was 24.9 per cent and the total number of votes cast in Bedfordshire was 123,777
See full PCC results here.
Running the PCC election in Bedfordshire was a joint enterprise between Bedford Borough Council, Central Bedfordshire Council and Luton Council with the latter taking the lead. Election teams from each authority combined to provide a coordinated approach to running the election.
Robin Porter, police area returning officer for Bedfordshire, said:
“Due to the coronavirus pandemic this has been a PCC election process like no other. Many people have worked tremendously hard, not just in the last two days, but in the period beforehand to ensure residents could vote safely.
“It has been my privilege to work alongside highly professional colleagues, not just here in Luton, but in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire in delivering this election. The three teams across the authorities have collaborated extremely well and I am pleased to say that, despite the challenges, this has been another successful day for democracy across the county.”
The final count took place at Inspire Sports Centre, Luton and concluded at 5.45pm, Friday 7 May 2021.