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 vote turnout predicted to be lowest in British history

Latest predictions for overall turnout in Police and Crime Commissioner elections are 18.5%, according to the Electoral Reform Society. If confirmed, the figure would be the lowest in British history - below the previous record in the 1999 European elections.

This election has been a comedy of errors from start to finish. The Home Office has operated under the assumption that 'if you build it they will come'. Democracy just doesn't work that way. There have been avoidable errors at every step, and those responsible should be held to account.

– Katie Ghose, Electoral Reform Society

It's reported that turnout has been low as 10% in some areas.

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