Voters in the dark over new elections

VOTERS casting their ballot in the Police and Crime Commissioner elections in Bolton said they were “voting blind” due to a lack of information.

They claimed the elections and the policies of those standing had not been advertised widely enough.

And in 45 minutes at the polling station in Bolton Town Hall’s One Stop Shop, just five people voted.

Even though voting took place yesterday, the votes for the Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner candidate will be counted today in Manchester.

The decision will be announced later this afternoon.

The successful candidate will be responsible for setting priorities for Greater Manchester Police.

He will be one of 41 Police and Crime Commissioners elected to cover forces in England and Wales.

Candidates include Tony Lloyd for Labour, Matt Gallagher for the Liberal Democrats, Michael Winstanley for the Conservatives, Steven Woolfe for UKIP and independent candidate Roy Warren.

Frank Carlisle, aged 60, of Paderborn Court, Bolton, said: “I voted Labour. I think a lot more should have been done, there wasn’t enough information. It’s difficult voting blind.

“The commissioner should target drug crime and anti-social behaviour in Bolton.”

Jacquie Waddilove, aged 56, of Darcy Lever, added: “Not enough information came through the door and people who are in work haven’t got time to go looking for it.”

Mary Margaret Donnelly, aged 60, of Paderborn Court, Bolton, said: “I voted Labour. I’ve always voted Labour. The only information I’ve had is what I saw on TV the other night.”

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9:55am Fri 16 Nov 12

oftbewildered2 says...

how the heck can anyone vote if they don't know what they are voting for? My mother always used to say 'be careful what you ask for - you might just get it'.
how the heck can anyone vote if they don't know what they are voting for? My mother always used to say 'be careful what you ask for - you might just get it'. oftbewildered2

12:07pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Phil from Smithills says...

So some voted Labour because they always vote Labour. This should have been a non-political vote. I voted for someone with no Manchester conection as they seem to think the borough of Manchester is Greater Manchester, when there are nine other boroughs that also need policing.
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Why is it that central governments that did foist upon us and without the agreement of the people Greater Manchester., now think we need a police commissioner when elected representives from each borough did a similar job.
So some voted Labour because they always vote Labour. This should have been a non-political vote. I voted for someone with no Manchester conection as they seem to think the borough of Manchester is Greater Manchester, when there are nine other boroughs that also need policing. . Why is it that central governments that did foist upon us and without the agreement of the people Greater Manchester., now think we need a police commissioner when elected representives from each borough did a similar job. Phil from Smithills

12:36pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Undetectableman says...

The simple answer to this would be a voting system which if the turnout to vote is below a certain percentage of the electorate able to vote then the election should be declared void. Its common practice followed in many committee votes ie to make any binding decision the vote must be " quorate"

The whole thing has been a shambles from start to finish and Police should not be mixed with politics which as can be seen from earlier comments on this item is exactly what is happening here
The simple answer to this would be a voting system which if the turnout to vote is below a certain percentage of the electorate able to vote then the election should be declared void. Its common practice followed in many committee votes ie to make any binding decision the vote must be " quorate" The whole thing has been a shambles from start to finish and Police should not be mixed with politics which as can be seen from earlier comments on this item is exactly what is happening here Undetectableman

12:36pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Undetectableman says...

The simple answer to this would be a voting system which if the turnout to vote is below a certain percentage of the electorate able to vote then the election should be declared void. Its common practice followed in many committee votes ie to make any binding decision the vote must be " quorate"

The whole thing has been a shambles from start to finish and Police should not be mixed with politics which as can be seen from earlier comments on this item is exactly what is happening here
The simple answer to this would be a voting system which if the turnout to vote is below a certain percentage of the electorate able to vote then the election should be declared void. Its common practice followed in many committee votes ie to make any binding decision the vote must be " quorate" The whole thing has been a shambles from start to finish and Police should not be mixed with politics which as can be seen from earlier comments on this item is exactly what is happening here Undetectableman

7:53pm Fri 16 Nov 12

mr.mark.c says...

The low turnout was expected, in Kearsley we voted in a broom cupboard at the childrens center.
But rather than play pin the tail on the donkey we looked into each persons policies and voted for who we thought was best for the job, It seems our votes was wasted on this sham.
The low turnout was expected, in Kearsley we voted in a broom cupboard at the childrens center. But rather than play pin the tail on the donkey we looked into each persons policies and voted for who we thought was best for the job, It seems our votes was wasted on this sham. mr.mark.c

12:29am Sat 17 Nov 12

bolton-born-n-bred says...

and postal voters were expected to attend polling stations
and postal voters were expected to attend polling stations bolton-born-n-bred

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