Low turnout for West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner election

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THERE was a very low turn out of voters in yesterday’s Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

Just 13.8% of registered voters chose to vote in West Yorkshire.

Returning officer for the area Joanne Roney said: “I am disappointed with the turnout for West Yorkshire which is despite all the efforts made by the five councils to get people to vote for their first Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

“Many voters have made comments about the arrangements for these elections both verbally and on ballot papers and we will be feeding back nationally. I hope these comments will help to inform a review which will be undertaken by the electoral commission.”

The new PCC will have the power to hire and fire the chief constable, set the force’s annual budget and produce a crime plan for West Yorkshire.