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Suffolk: PCC elections arrive – with apathy set to win

06:00 14 November 2012

Police & Crime Commissioner candidates .(left to right) Tim Passmore, Bill Mountford, David Cocks and Jane Basham.

Police & Crime Commissioner candidates .(left to right) Tim Passmore, Bill Mountford, David Cocks and Jane Basham.

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AFTER months of campaigning, the polls open tomorrow in the elections for England’s first ever police and crime commissioners.

But while there are four candidates standing for the £70,000 post in Suffolk, much of the interest is likely to focus on the turnout which could be a historic low for a county-wide election.

There are four candidates – three representing political parties and one independent.

Labour has chosen Jane Basham as its candidate in the election.

A former chief executive of the Ipswich and Suffolk Council of Racial Equality, Ms Basham has worked with the police over many years and has pledged to use the position to fight any further government-imposed cuts on the service.

David Cocks is standing as an independent candidate.

He is banking on his wide experience of life in Suffolk – he is a former boss of Radio Orwell and ran the health provider TCN – to try to win votes from people who want a non-political commissioner.

Bill Mountford is the UKIP candidate.

A driving instructor from south Lowestoft, he was elected to the county council in a surprise result in 2009 and is campaigning for more police to be put on the beat.

Tim Passmore is the Conservative candidate.

As the current leader of Mid Suffolk council and former chief executive of Choose Suffolk, he is well known in the county, and says he would like to see local people have more say in policing priorities – but he is not making unrealistic promises.

The Liberal Democrats have not put up a candidate, saying that the election should be non-political.

How does the voting system work?

N People can make two choices for a PCC.

N Vote for your first choice candidate by marking a cross (X) in the first choice column.

N Vote for your second choice candidate by marking a cross (X) in the second choice column.

N You can choose not to mark a second choice.

N If you only mark a second choice, your vote will not be counted.

N If you give the same candidate your first and second choice, only your first choice will be counted.

N Marking a second choice cannot reduce the chances of your first choice being successful.

N Only one of your choices is counted towards the final result so you still only get one vote.

How is a PCC elected?

N If a candidate gets more than half of all the first choice votes, they will be declared the winner.

N If no candidate gets more than half of the first choice votes, the two candidates with the most first choices go into a second round.

N The eliminated candidates’ ballot papers are reviewed and any second choice votes are added to their scores. The candidate with the highest number of combined first and second choice votes is the winner.

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8 comments

  • cant vote for someone i no nothing about never seen or heard of any of them before none of them have been around my estate campaigning for my vote and can we afford another £70000 wage to pay out ?

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    ipsjohn

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • This whole thing is just a bad idea dreamed up by policians who have spent too long in the US on their holidays and want to create some 'accountability distance' - away from Whitehall (whilst still controlling the purse strings). I think a police authority, for all its faults, gave us the best chance of striking up good checks and balances between a chief constable and home secretary (the so-called tripartite arrangements). I have been to a hustings - not impressed by any of the candidates. I will be voting: 'none of the above'.

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    The Leaf Inspector

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • I shall be an absentee from the voting - like many others I know. No one has explained what was wrong with the present (more democratic) system. Lord Wasserman, enobled only a few months ago, has imported this idea from the United States, where there is political control over the police.

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    Roberta

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • Please go and vote for some one we need to get the police under control, not just deciding what is best for us.

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    old git

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • The PCC vote has been a farce. I have tried to find out who and what these canditates stand for - no information antwhere. I dont know where the "months of campaigning" took place, certainly not in Aldeburgh. If I had not received a voters card fromSCDC, I would not even have been aware there was an election. The whole thing is a waste of time.

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    Charles Walker

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • There's only one thing that spreads faster than enthusiasm, and that's apathy. I wonder how many people have read your headline "...apathy set to win." and decided that if nobody else is interested, then they won't bother voting either. There Is no reported evidence of apathy, so perhaps the EADT should restrain from spreading it - at least until after the event!

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    SuffolkBoy1956

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • There is so much 'apathy' in the world ! But then who cares ?

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    freedomf

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • Still a bit confused here....so what do these people actually know about policing? I thought the Cheif Constable was the boss & knew the ropes, now we're going to get a busy body politician trying to run the shop. This is complete madness. A nice little earner though. I'll put myself up for it next time.

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    Concerned of Suffolk

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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