Voters desert the polls at police commissioner elections

The declaration of the winner will take place this afternoon at Aylesbury Vale District Council
The declaration of the winner will take place this afternoon at Aylesbury Vale District Council

The prospective Thames Valley police and crime commissioner will be elected with only 13.3% of the public having voted at the polls.

The low turnout is likely to raise questions over whether the leader will have any legitimacy in the role.

Only 13.9% of people voted in the Aylesbury Vale with the highest percentage in the Thames Valley at West Berkshire where 15.7% turned out and the lowest at Slough and Oxford City (10.9%).

It is believed the national average will be well below 20% with the elections costing more than £75 million and taking two years to set up.

The public took to social media to express their dismay at the elections. Sarah Fraser said on Twitter: “On the basis not one candidate provided info about themselves/ideas to me, I felt not able to vote sensibly. So no vote.”