Friday, November 16, 2012
Turnout for the police and crime commissioner elections was expected to be as low as 10pc in some areas, it emerged today.
Initial reports following the verification process in Norwich is that turnout was just 16.3pc of the electorate, while in Suffolk only one in six voters took part in the elections.
Other districts in Norfolk are still verifying their turnout.
The turnout figure in Suffolk has been confirmed as 16.01pc – 88,497 of the county’s 552,780 voters bothered to take part in the election.
The votes are now being counted, and results are now expected to be declared at lunchtime.
The Norfolk count was due to take place at 2pm this afternoon, but it has now been brought forward to 1pm.
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In Wiltshire, the first force area to declare, the overall turnout was 15.8pc as Tory candidate Angus Macpherson, a magistrate, won after a second round of voting ahead of Labour’s Clare Moody.
But in parts of the county, the turnout was much lower. In Trowbridge, it was as low as 10.95pc according to unofficial counting, while in Devizes it was 10.41pc.
It is expected that the turnout for this election nationally will be below the all-time low turnout of 24pc recorded in the 1999 European Elections.
Yesterday, a spokesman for the Suffolk Police Area Returning Officer said: “It appears that voting by mid-afternoon across the county’s 606 polling stations has been running at below the normal rate for local elections but above what has been predicted nationally, but what impact the November night will have on turn-out is as yet impossible to guess.”
A spokeswoman for the Police Area Returning Officer for Norfolk said they would not be commenting on turnout until an official figure was available.
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