PCC: Footfall low at polling stations

All is quiet as PCSO's check up on PCC polling station at Buckingham Community Centre.'121115M-A494
All is quiet as PCSO's check up on PCC polling station at Buckingham Community Centre.'121115M-A494
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Early reports suggest a low footfall at the region’s polling stations as voters are asked to select the first Police and Crime Commissioners.

Advertiser and Review photographer Jake McNulty paid a visit to the Buckingham Community Centre polling station this morning and during a 20 minute period did not see a single person cast a vote.

A Bournemouth Tweeter claimed only six people had cast a vote at one polling station by midday, others on Twitter are predicting a turnout as low as 20 per cent.

During an Advertiser Talking Point at beginning of November Buckingham shoppers said they knew little about their candidates and had received little information about what they were standing for.

Many more may vote as the work day ends, but Jane Hollis, chairman of south Northants Liberal Democrats said the whole process has been flawed.

She said her party had been against the role and politicalisation of the police from the very start, but added: “Quite a lot of people are angry the government did not fund free mailshots. I don’t think it’s been well thought through.

“There are seven million people still not on the internet.”