The Electoral Reform Society has suggested just 18.5 per cent of people nationwide will vote in the upcoming PCC elections on November 15th.
Locally, a quick poll revealed a public lack of awareness of the police commissioner election. Whereas ‘poor publicity’ was being cited as a reason for the apparent voter apathy, nobody can be unaware of the event following a blitzkreig of promotion on tv, radio and press. Plus booklets have been distributed to households.
For more information about the candidates in our area, visit their respective we pages:
Local Polling Stations
Civic Centre, King Street, Enderby
St. Johns Community Centre, Packhorse Drive, Enderby
(See also: Enderby EYE news item Oct 26th 2012: Police and Crime Commissioner Elections
What are we voting for?
People in England and Wales will be able to vote for police and crime commissioners (PCCs) for the first time on Thursday next week. (NOV 15)
The PCCs will replace police authorities, which have traditionally set police budgets, appointed senior officers and scrutinised their force’s performance.
The Home Office believes commissioners will be more accountable to the public because they are elected, whereas police authority members include appointed councillors, magistrates and independents. The commissioners will not be able to interfere in operational matters.
Elections will take place every four years.
However, critics believe the high number of candidates from political parties could politicise policing.
The Leicestershire police commissioner role comes with a £75,000 salary.
General information about the post and the election can be found at: www.leics-pcc.org
Electoral Commission guidance on How To Vote…