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Residents 'struggling' to get information about election candidates

SOME borough residents claim they are being left out in the cold when it comes to getting hold of information about this year’s Police and Commissioner candidates.

SOME borough residents claim they are being left out in the cold when it comes to getting hold of information about this year’s Police and Commissioner candidates.

Members of the public will be expected to vote next Thursday, November 15, in the UK’s first Police and Crime Commissioner elections but some residents say they are struggling to get hold of information through the post about the candidates.

A Home Office spokeswoman said this week residents can request information about the candidates by post or visit the ‘choose my pcc’ website.

However this option may not be open to all votors.

Shirley resident Ann Turner, who needed to vote by post before she went away, said she struggled to get the information she needed to make an informed decision in time despite requesting it.

“I should not have to chase round to find out information about candidates, which should be easily available,” Mrs Turner said.

“Why should everyone have to have a computer to find out the information?

“There are still a great number of people who don’t have or don’t want a computer and are being left out.”

A Home Office spokeswoman said: “The free phone number is an automated service where people can leave their details.

“Information about Police and Crime Commissioner candidates will then be sent to them by post.

“So far more than 100,000 information booklets have been sent to electors and there has been well over one million visits to the www.choosemypcc.org.uk website.”

 

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