Home   News   Article

Subscribe Now

Second choice vote is now vital in election for new Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough




Second preference votes could see the fight for the role of Mayor Cambridgeshire and Peterborough go down to the last cross in the box.

With Lib Dem contender Aidan Van de Weyer eliminated following the first count it is now a straight race to the finish between Labour's Nik Johnson and Conservative James Palmer.

The Tory, who has held the position for the past four years, was ahead after first votes were counted with 93,942 votes to Labour's 76,106.

The candidates for mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough at the 2021 election are, from left, incumbent Conservative James Palmer, Liberal Democrat Aidan Van de Weyer and Labour's Nik Johnson (46961202)
The candidates for mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough at the 2021 election are, from left, incumbent Conservative James Palmer, Liberal Democrat Aidan Van de Weyer and Labour's Nik Johnson (46961202)

But now begins the task of transferring votes and it is the candidate with the most votes overall who will win.

And so the wait goes on to find out who will be the county's next metro mayor.

Fenland recorded the lowest turnout for the election with just 29.69 per cent of people turning out to vote.

The best turnout was in South Cambs where 45.02 per cent exercised their right and voted.

The election has used a supplementary vote system, in which voters could express a first and second preference for candidates and it is those votes now being counted.

The process is as follows:

If a candidate receives more than 50 per cent of the first preference vote, that candidate wins.

If no candidate receives more than 50 per cent of first preference votes, the candidate in third place will be eliminated and their votes redistributed according to second preference votes to the remaining two candidates.

The candidate who then has the highest overall total of votes cast is declared the Elected Mayor.

The result from Fenland was: James Palmer (Con), 14,494; Aidan Van de Weyer (Lib Dem), 2,593 and Nik Johnson (Lab), 5,129.

Other results are as follows: East Cambs: James Palmer (Con), 10,408; Aidan Van de Weyer (Lib Dem), 7,770; Nik Johnson (Lab), 5,323.

Huntingdon: James Palmer, 21,824; Nik Johnson, 15,142; Aidan Van de Weyer, 9,199.

South Cambs: James Palmer, 18,467, Aidan Van de Weyer, 23,751 and Nik Johnson, 12.038.

Cambridge: Nik Johnson, 19,585; Aidan Van de Weyer, 12,787 and James Palmer, 6,284.

Peterborough: Aidan Van de Weyer, 23,751; James Palmer, 18,467 and Nik Johnson, 12,038.

As a result of the first round of voting leaving no candidate with the required 50 per cent plus of the votes cast, the second count is now crucial.

Meanwhile the count to find Cambridgeshire's new police and crime commissioner has yet to get underway, although verification of votes and the turnout has been declared.

Once again Fenland was bottom of the pile for turnout with once again less than 30 per cent (29.72 per cent) voting.

The process also used the supplementary vote system and there are also three candidates vying for the job: Nicky Massey (Lab); Rupert Moss-Eccardt (Lib Dem) and Darryl Preson (Con).



This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies - Learn More