Ann Barnes elected as Kent Police and Crime Commissioner

PUBLISHED: 17:24 16 November 2012 | UPDATED: 17:25 16 November 2012

Ann Barnes

Ann Barnes


Ann Barnes has become the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent.

In the first round, the independent candidate polled 95,901 votes, just short of the 104,392 votes needed to win outright, with Conservative candidate Craig Mackinlay coming in second place.

Using the supplementary vote system, second-preference votes were used for the surviving top two candidates to determine the winner.

The other candidates - Steve Uncles (English Democrats), Piers Wauchope (UKIP), Harriet Yeo (Labour), and Dai Liyanage (independent) - were eliminated.

In the second round, Ms Barnes came out victorious.

Overall in Kent, voter turn-out was just 16.3 per cent, amounting to 208,782 people out of an electorate of 1.28m.

In Dartford turn-out was 14.3 per cent while Gravesham had the lowest turn-out in the county with 13.9 per cent.

The Police and Crime Commissioner is a paid role whose responsibility will be to ensure the community needs are met and to improve local relationships.

It replaces the Kent Police Authority - which Ann Barnes used to chair.

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