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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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Electoral Commission 'concern' over PCC turnout

Electoral Commission chair Jenny Watson said the PCC dismal turnout was "a concern for everyone who cares about democracy" and said a "thorough review" would report its inquiry findings to Parliament early next year.

These were new elections taking place at an unfamiliar time of year, which is why we have made clear at every stage that it would be important to engage effectively with voters.

The Government took a number of decisions about how to run these elections that we did not agree with.

But what is important now is that the right lessons are learnt: we will talk to voters, candidates and returning officers to understand what worked and what didn't.

– Electoral Commission chair Jenny Watson

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