Bristol mayoral referendum: Voters say yes to city mayor election
Bristol has voted in favour of a directly elected mayor.
In a dramatic result the Yes vote won by 5152 in favour of the city being run by an elected mayor.
Yes campaigners celebrated the result and claimed having a Bristol mayor is the right decision.
Jaya Chakrabarti, from the Yes campaign, said she was "shocked, elated and proud of the whole team" She said it was a great day for the city and, when elected, the mayor would have a strong mandate from the city.
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Cllr Tim Kent, who spearheaded the No campaign, said he was clearly disappointed however he accepted what the people of Bristol had decided and would work with the new system.
In the final results 41,032 voted Yes 35,880 voted No to a mayor.
With just 1 in 4 people voting in yesterday's referendum both camps said the turn out was very disappointing for democracy.
Stephen Perry from the Yes campaign said "We had very low expectations anyway having not found a level of interest amongst the public. In many ways the turn out was slightly higher than we thought given the absence of local elections - but this result is not healthy for Bristol. It's worrying that people are disengaging with politics and while it is a valid vote it's not healthy "
Cllr Kent said "The turn out is what we predicted but it's not a good turn out and it's not good for democracy. It shows people in Bristol did not want this referendum...Their priority is paying the bills, jobs and the economy not the eternal politics of how the council is run. The government has rushed this referendum and that is not good for democracy"
Elections for the mayor will be held later this year.
How the election result was announced: