Low turn-out in South Kesteven in police and crime commissioner elections

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Just 16.14 per cent turned out in South Kesteven to vote in the police and crime commissioner elections yesterday (Thursday).

Votes are still being collected, with the count due to start early this afternoon.

More people turned out to vote in South Kesteven than did in North Kesteven at 15.84 per cent, Lincoln City at 14.05 per cent, South Holland at 12.23 per cent and Boston at 14.27 per cent.

Standing in Lincolnshire are independent David Bowles,independent Alan Hardwick, Conservative Richard Davies and Labour’s Paul Gleeson. The candidates will have to wait until this evening for the official confirmation of who has won the election.

The elected candidate will set priorities, deal with the police budget and hold chief constables to account.

In turn, the Lincolnshire Police Crime Panel is tasked with examining and questioning the actions of the police and crime commissioner.

Ray Wootten is a panel member, and also a county and district councillor.

He told the Journal this morning: “I’m disappointed with the turn-out. I would have expected more people to have voted in the important election of a police and crime commissioner, as this person has the power to control decisions in policing.”

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