The turnout at polling stations across Northamptonshire for yesterday’s Police and Crime Commissioner election has been revealed as a fraction under 20 per cent.
The 19.82 per cent figure is expected to be higher than the national average.
More than 46,000 people from across Northampton borough voted in the election.
The turnout equates to 16.7 per cent and of the 46,370 votes cast, 14,101 were postal.
The results the PCC vote and two other elections in Northamptonshire are expected to be announced today.
Counting of the ballot papers in the Corby by-election, Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) vote and parish polls will start this morning.
Turnout is expected to be low in all three, with some predictions that only one in 10 people will have voted.
The PCC vote has also been complicated by the fact the name of the Labour candidate, Lee Barron, appeared on the ballot paper but he will not be able to take the job even if elected, due to a previous conviction.
The candidates are Jim MacArthur (UKIP), John Norrie (Ind), Adam Simmonds (Con) and Paul Varnsverry (Lib Dem).
Early polls have predicted a Labour win in the Corby by-election although the party sought to play down expectations last night, saying turnout would be very low because of the early dusk in November.
The by-election was caused by the resignation of MP Louise Mensch to move to New York with her family.
And as well as the election, parish polls have also been held in Rectory Farm, Westone, Parklands, Obelisk and Sunnyside, St James, West Hunsbury, Wootton and East Hunsbury, Hunsbury Meadow and Upton.
The people in these areas have been voting whether to create a new parish council for their area.
Votes will be counted at Northampton Guildhall on Friday 16 November and the results should be announced on Friday afternoon
Updates from tomorrow’s PCC count at Kettering Conference Centre will published on the Chron’s website when counting begins, from 10.30am.
The Conservative candidate for the Brixworth by-election has come out on top in the first of the three elections.
Stephen Pointer scored 857 votes, with his only rival for the Daventry District Council seat Steve Whiffen, of the Green Party, mustering 484.
The turnout was just over 25 per cent.
Brixworth residents were asked to vote following the death from cancer of Frank Wiig in August this year.
Councillor Wiig’s wife, Liz, said: “I’m absolutely delighted, we have always backed him 100 per cent.
“Two weeks before Frank died he actually asked Stephen to stand, so he was his chosen one.
“But Stephen is also community minded and very much involved in the village.”
Mr Pointer said he intended to start monthly surgeries where villagers could bring their issues.
He said: “I’m exhilarated. I never at any stage thought it was in the bag.
“I’ve probably picked up a few votes of people who would have voted for Frank. But I do a lot with several organisations in the village already and that will have helped.”