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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Turnout concerns mar PCC elections

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.

Only around one in seven bothered to go to the ballot box, forcing David Cameron and Conservative ministers to defend a flagship policing reform and deny the role lacked a popular mandate.

Ballot boxes for the position of Police and Crime Commissioner in Humberside are counted. Credit: John Giles/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A detailed inquiry has been ordered by the Electoral Commission, the watchdog accusing the Government of failing to listen to its warnings about potential problems.

Independents were the big winners, a number of former senior police officers and an ex-judge among 12 non-party candidates chosen for the new £100,00-a-year jobs.

Another scored a surprise victory over Labour in the Bristol mayoral election.

The other Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) - which replace police authorities for all forces outside London - are either Conservative (16) or Labour (13).

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