Polls Open For Police And Crime Commissioner

Islanders can vote today to elect the first ever Police and Crime Commissioner for the Devon and Cornwall force area.

Whoever gets elected will manage a £255m police budget, have the power to hold the Chief Constable to account, or remove him or her.

Islanders will be able to vote for ten candidates.

Polling stations are located on all of the islands and the count will take place in the Town Hall this evening, after the polls close at 10pm.

The results will be telephoned through to the main Cornwall count in Redruth because it’s not going to be possible to take the ballot papers to the mainland tonight.

Council Chief Technical Officer Neville Gardner has been appointed Returning Officer and he’ll oversee the election. Philip Hygate resigned the position for this poll last week as his suspension from work continues.


3 Responses to Polls Open For Police And Crime Commissioner

  1. Tony Mann November 16, 2012 at 9:00 am

    It’s not confined to Scilly – I live in a small town in Gloucestershire and we also received no information about the candidates.

  2. Gordon Bilsborough November 15, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    For the first time in over sixty years since I became eligible to vote, I will stay at home as a protest against whole idea of appointing quasi dictators who will have the absolute power to hire or fire professional police chiefs. (I believe they were called Gauleiters in Nazi Germany). Some of the candidates are wearing political banners which is not the right reason for electing a person for this post. I predict there will be a low poll on the Islands and elsewhere.

  3. sue November 15, 2012 at 11:30 am

    How are we supposed to vote for anyone when we haven’t received any information about any of the candidates. I guess they aren’t that concerned about Scilly!