Only one in 20 voted for Tony Hogg
LOW turnout in the police commissioner elections resulted in "extraordinarily weak" mandates which saw just one in 20 voters back the winning candidate in Devon and Cornwall.
Just five per cent of eligible electors in the force area supported Tory Tony Hogg who scooped the top job in last November's poll, according to the Electoral Reform Society.
This was a full two points below the average commissioner mandate of 7.1 per cent.
The campaign group has disputed the claim by Home Secretary Theresa May that the office-holders would become the "voice of the people" and will be "visible, accessible and accountable".
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A survey carried out for the ERS also found that most people – nearly 90 per cent – could not name the police and crime commissioner (PCC) for their area.
PCCs, which replaced existing police authorities, have the power to hire and fire chief constables and set budgets and "strategic direction".
In its report into the November ballot that was marred by a record-low turnout and cost £75 million to hold, the group branded the poll "an exercise in how not to run an election".
In Devon and Cornwall, just 15 per cent of eligible electors bothered to vote.
The ERS said: "The low turnout of the election resulted in some extraordinarily weak mandates."