– John Curtice, Elections expert from Strathclyde University
The fundamental question is... what really are the significant choices that one can put before the electorate about how the job of PCC can be done? Unless there are real choices, it is very difficult to persuade voters that the election is worth voting in. The candidates were all saying we want more police on the beat, we want to tackle anti-social behaviour, we want the police to be more efficient. It is very difficult to find an obvious difference between them in terms of strategic direction.
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.