'Action needed to avoid low turnout'
ACTION needs to be taken to tackle a predicted rock-bottom turnout in the police and crime commissioner elections next month, according to the Electoral Reform Society.
With less than 50 days to go, candidates have also called on Home Secretary Theresa May to rethink the way the elections are being run to engage voters with the process.
The society has predicted turnout for the PPC elections at 18.5 per cent, which would be the lowest figure in Welsh political history.
Stephen Brooks, director of the Electoral Reform Society Wales said: "If the Home Secretary is serious about people having a say she needs to listen to the warnings on turnout coming from all sides and take action now. Candidates are working hard to engage voters locally but it's time that the Home Office fulfils its side of the bargain or these elections are in serious danger of descending into a farce."
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