Take part in police elections if you want to have a say

Bournemouth Echo: Take part in police elections if you want to have a say Take part in police elections if you want to have a say

WHAT will you be doing today?

The chances are that you won’t be voting or have voted in the elections for Dorset’s police and crime commissioner.

At least that was the prediction, with dire warnings from pollsters and think-tanks that turnout could be as low as 15 per cent, the lowest for any national election in this country’s history.

The doom merchants may be proved wrong and it might not be as bad as feared. A low or dire turnout will have consequences, not least the fact that the new commissioner won’t have much of a mandate and therefore, not much authority.

One government adviser reckons level of turnout won’t matter and that the proof of the pudding will be how effective the commissioners are in setting priorities and cutting crime. The bottom line though is that participation matters.

Decisions are made by those who turn up.

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4:44pm Thu 15 Nov 12

pete woodley says...

Its NOT been a nice election as on this echo online too many have made very nasty comments and accusations one person (i wont say "man") in particular.
Its NOT been a nice election as on this echo online too many have made very nasty comments and accusations one person (i wont say "man") in particular. pete woodley
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5:01pm Thu 15 Nov 12

davecook says...

"The chances are that you won’t be voting or have voted in the elections for Dorset’s police and crime commissioner".......
. Yes Echo, people will either vote or not vote. Unless there is another option which has magically escaped my attention...........


I have had my say, which took one second, and I'll now be ignored for the next 5 years.
"The chances are that you won’t be voting or have voted in the elections for Dorset’s police and crime commissioner"....... . Yes Echo, people will either vote or not vote. Unless there is another option which has magically escaped my attention........... I have had my say, which took one second, and I'll now be ignored for the next 5 years. davecook
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5:23pm Thu 15 Nov 12

s-pb2 says...

davecook wrote:
"The chances are that you won’t be voting or have voted in the elections for Dorset’s police and crime commissioner".......

. Yes Echo, people will either vote or not vote. Unless there is another option which has magically escaped my attention...........



I have had my say, which took one second, and I'll now be ignored for the next 5 years.
Voted too. Id urge everyone to vote on something that affects us all. Never discard your right to vote.
[quote][p][bold]davecook[/bold] wrote: "The chances are that you won’t be voting or have voted in the elections for Dorset’s police and crime commissioner"....... . Yes Echo, people will either vote or not vote. Unless there is another option which has magically escaped my attention........... I have had my say, which took one second, and I'll now be ignored for the next 5 years.[/p][/quote]Voted too. Id urge everyone to vote on something that affects us all. Never discard your right to vote. s-pb2
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7:00pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Turtlebay says...

The decision is already known by the authorities, voting is just a ploy to make people think they have a say!
The decision is already known by the authorities, voting is just a ploy to make people think they have a say! Turtlebay
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10:38am Mon 19 Nov 12

gary1975 says...

I had my say by not voting. I really feel we don't need another layer of politicized bureaucracy in the police paid for by my taxes. I think we are missing a vital aspect of democracy in this country that has been ignored for to long. We should be able to vote "no confidence" to say we dont want any of the people put forward. Because of such a low turnout this has been the most expensive election to administer in british history.
I had my say by not voting. I really feel we don't need another layer of politicized bureaucracy in the police paid for by my taxes. I think we are missing a vital aspect of democracy in this country that has been ignored for to long. We should be able to vote "no confidence" to say we dont want any of the people put forward. Because of such a low turnout this has been the most expensive election to administer in british history. gary1975
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