Just 12.31 per cent of eligible voters bothered to turn out for the West Midlands police and crime commissioner elections it has been confirmed.
In some areas the turnout was as low as six or seven per cent as people rejected or ignored their first opportunity to select the region's £100,000-a-year police and crime commissioner.
The turnout is probably the lowest in election history, and has been repeated in the PCC elections across the country.
The Conservative Government, and Home Secretary Theresa May had launched the commissioner elections to make the police more accountable to the public.
But large numbers of commentators have dismissed the elections as unwanted, not needed, costly and held at the wrong time of year.
Anecdotal reports suggested that there were a high number of ballot papers spoiled by objectors who one politician said had 'written essays' calling the election a 'farce'.
But the Electoral Reform Society chief executive Katie Ghose said the Government was to blame for not pushing and publicising the elections.
She said: "This election has been a comedy of errors from start to finish. Polling stations are standing empty because voters knew next to nothing about the role, let alone the candidates they were expected to pick from."
A Birmingham Labour councillor said: "They closed schools in my ward for this, all to collect a handful of votes. It's a complete farce."
• The break down of turnout across the West Midlands is Birmingham 12.81 per cent, Coventry 10.54 per cent, Dudley 11.84 per cent, Sandwell 12.18 per cent Solihull 12.51 per cent, Walsall 12.55 per cent, Wolverhampton 12.87 per cent.