facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Low turnout in British police elections

Nov. 16, 2012 at 4:43 PM   |   Comments

LONDON, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Local elections of police and crime commissioners, a first for England and Wales, saw law voter turnout, an election official said.

Numerous areas reported turnouts in elections Thursday ranging from 13 percent to 20 percent, the BBC reported.

The low response is "a concern for everyone who cares about democracy," said Electoral Commission spokeswoman Jenny Watson, adding, "These were new elections taking place at an unfamiliar time of the year, which is why we have made it very clear at every stage it would be important to engage effectively with voters."

Police minister Damian Green told the ITV television network Friday turnout really is not the issue.

"Millions of people voted yesterday. Nobody ever voted for the chair of a police authority, so there's clearly a democratic mandate that wasn't there before," Green said.

Topics: Damian Green
© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Russia prepares militarization of Arctic Russia prepares militarization of Arctic
2
Freedom variant LCS takes to water Freedom variant LCS takes to water
3
New Pa. law aimed at Mumia Abu-Jamal allows lawsuits against inmates New Pa. law aimed at Mumia Abu-Jamal allows lawsuits against inmates
4
Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan and GM all affected by defective airbag recall Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan and GM all affected by defective airbag recall
5
79-year-old woman survives in desert for 5 days 79-year-old woman survives in desert for 5 days
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback