The government’s handling of the elections for the police and crime commissioners in England and Wales was branded a “comedy of errors” as voters went to the polls yesterday.
The Electoral Reform Society said polling stations were “standing empty” and called for those responsible for “avoidable errors” in the delivery of the elections to be held to account.
In the most radical shake-up of the service for half a century, the new commissioners, who are expected to earn up to £100,000, will control police budgets, set priorities and hire and fire chief constables.
Elections are being held in 41 police areas but experts are forecasting a low turnout, due to apathy, lack of awareness and dark, cold weather.
The Electoral Reform Society has predicted a turnout of 18.5 per cent.
The society’s chief executive Katie Ghose said: “This election has been a comedy of errors from start to finish.