A dismal 18.5 percent is the estimated turnout for today’s Police and Crime Commissioner elections from The Electoral Reform Society, which could be a huge blow to the government’s initiative.
The society today dubbed the election ‘a mockery’, citing a lack of public service broadcasts and a lack of information about the candidates for the voter-apathy that seems apparent.
Holding the election in November, which statistics suggest lowers turnout by 6.6 percent comparatively with May elections, is also a contributing factor towards these concerning projections.
“It’s been a lesson in how not to run an election,” the Electoral Reform Society said today.
“The Police and Crime Commissioner elections in November 2012 threaten to result in the lowest turnout of any nationwide election in British history.
“The purpose of electing the Police and Crime Commissioners was to give people a say over how our streets are policed. If less than a fifth of people vote this makes a mockery of any democratic mandate they have to speak for us.”
In a bid to avoid an embarrassingly low turnout, the Conservative-led government last month launched a £3million advertising campaign to tackle public apathy, including pricey advertising slots during The X-Factor.
Contradictory polls are circulating however, with a ComRes poll projecting a 49 percent turnout.
Election organisers believe we will know the turnout from the Greater Manchester election by 3pm tomorrow. MM will be there to cover all the day’s events.