Low turn out projected ahead of police vote

Police Commissioner elections'The Polling Station at Queen St Methodist Church open for voting'Picture by Neil Silk  124627a'15/11/12
Police Commissioner elections'The Polling Station at Queen St Methodist Church open for voting'Picture by Neil Silk 124627a'15/11/12

Figures are expected to reveal that voters in Scarborough have overwhelmingly shunned the first ever Police and Crime Commissioner election, when the result is announced today.

Polling stations throughout Scarborough and District were quiet yesterday, and nationally, a record low turn out has been forecast.

The winner of Scarborough count, which takes place at The Spa, was due to be announced at 2pm this afternoon. However, The Scarborough News understands that this could now be brought forward due to a lack of votes.

Two candidates are in the running for the £70,000-a-year job, with Conservative runner Julia Mulligan up against her Labour rival Ruth Potter.

However, Scarborough residents have complained about the lack of campaigning in the town, with some saying that they hadn’t even received a leaflet through the door.

And at the full Filey Town Council meeting on Wednesday, North Yorkshire County Councillor Mike Cockerill said that the election had been handled “very poorly”.

He also claimed that the deposit of £5,000 has deterred prospective independent candidates from standing.

In total, 37 police and crime commissioners will be elected in England along with four in Wales.

The PCCs, as they will be known, will be tasked with scrutinising their police force and holding it to account.

They will also be able to recruit and dismiss the chief constable and set the force’s annual budget.

The role is supposed to empower local people into having a say on how crime is tackled in their town or city.

For live coverage of the count this afternoon, follow @thescarboronews on Twitter.