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Exeter turnout for police and crime commissioner election just 15 per cent

By TomBevan  |  Posted: November 16, 2012

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Turnout for the police and crime commissioner elections was just over 15 per cent in Exeter

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Turnout for the police and crime commissioner elections was just over 15 per cent in Exeter,

Only 15.44 per cent of the electorate in the city exercised their right to vote in the poll.

The count will begin at 11am today with the result due to be announced at around 2pm.

Ten candidates are in the running for the post in Devon and Cornwall which will have responisbility for setting policing strategy and the force budget.

The Electoral Reform Society have branded the elections a "comedy of errors" after the record low turnout left some polling stations completely unused.

In East Devon the turnout was 16.35 per cent and in Mid Devon 16.18 per cent. The highest in the Devon and Cornwall area was West Devon on 17.46 per cent and the lowest was Plymouth on 13.03 per cent.

The society's chief executive, Katie Ghose, said: "This election has been a comedy of errors from start to finish.

"The Home Office has operated under the assumption that 'if you build it they will come'. Democracy just doesn't work that way."

Keep checking www.thisisexeter.co.uk for the latest news as it happens on the election.

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  • billcoop  |  November 17 2012, 9:04AM

    "I think everybody understands that this is a farce. In Lyme Regis there is a police constable that should be in jail for perverting the course of justice, but nothing will be done, and I expect any number of people could tell a similar story right across the country. That said, the first test will be to see if Freemasons are removed from the force: when pigs fly; so as I said it's a farce."

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