“The PCC elections were a shambles whatever one's political views and however one voted - or not as the case might be! I have written to my MP and the Electoral Commission with the words below and I trust others may feel similarly and also write.
"I was one of the very few who voted in yesterday's PCC elections as I believe it is important to vote at every opportunity.
Never, ever have I seen such voter apathy or complete and utter confusion.
Apart from my poll card, I never received one single piece of information through my letter box from either an agency of government or any candidate. I was not alone in this as no member of my family at other addresses did nor my neighbours nor most of my friends.
At one stage yesterday, the official internet website containing information about the election and the ten candidates crashed!
I witnessed people entering the polling station with no idea of who to vote for. The voters I saw were all aged in their 50's and older. Younger electors appear to have simply given up.
One polling station in this your constituency had under 100 of a potential 1,800 voters turn up to vote. Voters even left without voting because they had no idea who to vote for and no information to act on. I know of many voters who deliberately spoiled their ballot papers with phrases such as 'keep politicians out of policing.'
This whole affair has been a complete and utter shambles and the winning candidate has no democratic mandate to take up the office at all.
I sadly feel that democracy is fast dying and Westminster must be held to account for this. I have never known our elected representatives held in such low regard. I find this alarming and we now face a few generations of people who are completely disenchanted with our system of government and that will cause very obvious problems.
Please accept my concerns and pass them on. This is utterly appalling and I believe you must agree."”
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