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PCC elections 'run disgracefully'

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The low turn-out at the recent Police and Crime Commissioners elections, and the number of independents voted in, suggests some concern about politics in policing.

"They [voters] didn't get any information about the candidates except through the web... the publicity was virtually non existent," newly elected Kent Police Commissioner Ann Barnes told the Today programme.

"You know, we are a democracy, we've been running elections for decades. What's so different about this one."

President of the Association of Chief Police Officers Sir Hugh Orde is confident the process was a success, reiterating that "the individuals have been properly elected in a democratic process".

The voting watchdog, the Electoral Commission, says it will be reviewing Thursday's poll.


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