Voters go to the polls to elect Gloucestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner
Voters across the county will go to the polls today to elect Gloucestershire's first ever Police and Crime Commissioner.
Four candidates are standing for the £65,000 a year role, which will aim to cut crime and deliver an effective and efficient police force.
The successfully applicant will be responsible for holding the chief constable to account for the delivery of the force, setting and updating a police and crime plan and setting the force budget and precept.
Victoria Atkins (Conservative), Alistair Cameron (Lib Dem), Rupi Dhanda (Labour) and Martin Surl (Independent) are all bidding for the job.
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Commentators predict the election could see a small turn out of voters.
Many have criticised the lack of information available to the public about the election and candidates.
Dr Richard Long and his wife Jan went to vote at Bromesberrow Village Hall. She said after chatting to the men running the polling station, the number of voters had only just got into double figures after midday - despite the public being allowed to vote from 7am.
Polls open until 10pm and the ballot papers will give voters an opportunity to vote for their first and second choice candidates.
The first preferences are counted, and if a candidate has received more than 50 per cent of the votes cast they are elected.
If no candidate has more than half of the vote, all candidates apart from those in the first and second place are eliminated.
As long as you mark one cross in the first choice column, it will be counted.
Votes will be counted tomorrow with the result being declared in Stroud.