Only 1 in 5 had enough info about police commissioners — Electoral Commission report
ONLY one in five people had enough information about police commissioners to make an informed decision, a report published today has found.
The Electoral Commission study recommended that significant changes needed to be made before the next election in 2016.
It found that the most common reason for not voting was a lack of awareness about the polls (37 per cent). Circumstances, such as a lack of time, followed at 31 per cent. Eight per cent said they were uninterested and seven per cent thought the elections were not important. Over half found it difficult to access information about the candidates.
Jenny Watson, chairwoman of the Electoral Commission, said: "There were many reasons why people didn't vote last November, and like any election there's a limit to how much these can be addressed by decisions Government can make. But one of them was not knowing about the candidates and something can be done about that.
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