Conservative Lorne Greena and Labour’s Chris Jones have gone through to the second round of counting in the Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner election.
The result of the first preference vote, announced at the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange a short time ago, signals the end of the four-year tenure of current commissioner Stephen Bett, who was pushed down into fourth place.
Second preference votes are now being counted and a final result is expected later this evening.
First preference results: Stephen Bett (Independent) 25,527 votes, eliminated; Lorne Green (Conservative) 42,928, continuing; Jacqueline Howe (Liberal Democrat) 12,838, eliminated; Chris Jones (Labour) 37,141, continuing; David Moreland (UKIP) 27,030, eliminated; Martin Schmierer (Green) 9,187, eliminated.
Earlier, officials revealed the overall turnout across the county was 23.8 per cent, up more than nine percentage points on 2012.
The highest district turnouts recorded were in Norwich, where 36 per cent of voters went to the polls, and Great Yarmouth, with 28 per cent. Council elections were also taking place in those areas.
Elsewhere, turnout was measured at 22.45 per cent in South Norfolk, 21.75 per cent in Broadland, 21.6 per cent in North Norfolk, 19.5 per cent in West Norfolk and 19.26 per cent in Breckland.
Aresult is likely to be announced later this afternoon.