LIVE: Votes for Bristol mayor are counted
• George Ferguson has won the race to become the city's first elected mayor
• After second votes were counted, George had 37,353 and runner-up Marvin Rees 31,259
After thousands of voters across the city went to the polls yesterday, today is the day that the votes are counted and Bristol's first directly elected mayor is announced.
There were 15 candidates to choose from - more information can be found about them in our guide.
The votes for mayor will be counted alongside votes cast for the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner at UWE’s Conference and Exhibition Centre.
The count began this morning at 9am.
The first preference votes were counted and announced at about 12.30pm.
A video of those results can be viewed here:
How does the count work?
All the first choices will be counted, and if one candidate has received more than 50 per cent of the votes they will be elected Mayor of Bristol.
If no candidate has more than 50 per cent of the vote, the two candidates with the most first choice votes will remain in the election and all other candidates are eliminated.
The ballot papers for the eliminated candidates are then checked.
Any second choice votes for the two remaining candidates are added to their first round totals.
The candidate with the most votes wins.
An exit poll conducted by ThisisBristol yesterday suggested that George Ferguson could be in the lead - but the true result won't be known until much later today.
ThisisBristol has spoken to Professor Robin Hambleton about what has happened so far:
You can keep up with the latest updates from the count, see what people are saying about it, ask questions and join the debate with our live blog of the days events below.
ThisisBristol has reporters at the count who will be contributing, along with Bristol City Council providing official news and information as the day goes on.
NOTE: THIS LIVE BLOG HAS NOW FINISHED, BUT YOU CAN STILL WATCH IT BACK AGAIN BY PRESSING PLAY.
Watch a live feed of the results and speeches as they happen below, provided by Bristol City Council.
The feed will start about 15 minutes before the result is due - and Bristol City Council will post information about when it is likely to start in our live blog above.
NOTE: THIS LIVE VIDEO FEED HAS NOW FINISHED, BUT YOU CAN STILL WATCH IT BACK AGAIN BY PRESSING PLAY.
There will also be a backup feed available if the main screen does not work.