Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Shambles' Fear over Election for New Police Boss ; Poll Predicted to Be Hit by a Record Low Turnout Lack of Information to Blame for Public 'Apathy'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Shambles' Fear over Election for New Police Boss ; Poll Predicted to Be Hit by a Record Low Turnout Lack of Information to Blame for Public 'Apathy'

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TURNOUT in this year's police commissioner elections is set to be the lowest the country has seen, a report has warned.

The Electoral Reform Society forecasts that as few as 18.5 per cent of the public will vote in the elections, which will see Greater Manchester go to the polls on November 15.

The campaign group says it threatens to turn the elections into a 'shambles'.

Voting will take place in 41 police force areas to select powerful new police and crime commissioners who will be given mandates to hire and fire chief constables and set budgets.

Veteran Labour MP Tony Lloyd and Tory candidate, Michael Winstanley, will go head to head for the job in Greater Manchester.

Mr Lloyd, MP for Manchester Central, will step down from the House of Commons to stand in the election. Mr Winstanley is a former Wigan mayor and councillor.

'Those pulling strings have done The elections have been a flagship policy of the Tory-led coalition government. The Home Office says the new posts - which will replace existing police authorities - will make policing more accountable. …

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