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PCC record-low turnout inquiry

A post-mortem was under way today into the first elections for police commissioners in England and Wales after the poll was marred by a record-low turnout. A detailed inquiry has been ordered by the Electoral Commission.

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Police elections: Would have been 'better if more people voted'

Wiltshire was the first area to declare in the early hours of this morning, where turnout was 15.8%.

It would have been better if more people voted. There are several reasons why people didn't come out to vote - they didn't understand what the job is. They didn't know who the candidates were and couldn't make a judgment. And then, depressingly, there were a lot of people while we were out on the street saying 'I don't (vote) for anything'.

– Angus Macpherson, winning candidate

It is a new system and people have emailed and contacted us saying that they didn't know enough about the candidates in order to be able to make a choice. Obviously, that's something which I have got no control over.

– Stephen Taylor, Wiltshire's returning officer

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