Calderdale Councillor and Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner candidate for West Yorkshire Geraldine Carter says the low voter turn out was “inevitable”.
Coun Carter said she thought people not knowing enough about the role was partly to blame.
“The turnout was expected, it was inevitable,” she said.
“I think people do care but I think people don’t understand what the police and crime commissioner is.”
Calderdale had the highest turn out for the elections held yesterday, at 15.32 per cent.
The average for West Yorkshire was 13.76 per cent.
Coun Carter said she was pleased that Calderdale had the highest turn out.