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Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Fears are continuing to grow that the turnout for next month’s police and crime commissioner (PCC) elections could be the lowest ever for a British election.
But are you planning to vote next month? Norfolk has five candidates for the role, while Suffolk has four.
The position involves setting the force’s budget, council tax precept and a police and crime plan. They will also have the power to hire and fire the chief constable.
Voting takes place on Thursday, November 15.
But a lack of interest or awareness in the position, combined with the election taking place in autumn instead of spring, initially led to turnout predictions of between 18pc to 20pc.
And former Metropolitan Police chief Lord Blair has also called for voters to boycott the elections, although this message was branded “deeply irresponsible” by the policing minister Damian Green today.
Norfolk’s candidates are: Jamie Athill (Conservative), Stephen Bett (Independent), James Joyce (Liberal Democrat), Steve Morphew (Labour), and Matthew Smith (Ukip).
Suffolk’s candidates are: Jane Patricia Basham (Labour), David Cocks (Independent), Bill Mountford (Ukip), and Tim Passmore (Conservative).
Our reporters have been out on the streets of Norfolk and Suffolk today conducting a survey about PCCs. To find out the results, see tomorrow’s papers.