Low turnout for police election

By Emily Pearce

Friday, November 16, 2012

 

JUST 14.3 per cent of Islanders went to the polls yesterday (Thursday) to vote for the new Hampshire and Isle of Wight police and crime commissioner.

It was well below the Electoral Reform Society predicted national turnout of 18.5 per cent. Out of 111,126 eligible voters on the Isle of Wight, only 15,858 ballot papers were received according to the Isle of Wight Council.

Votes are being counted at Medina Leisure Centre today (Friday), and the result of the election is expected to be announced by 2pm.

As previously reported, the winning candidate will be elected for a four-year term to oversee policing and community safety in the two counties, decide how budgets are spent and hold the chief constable to account over police performance.

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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