Government fails to learn lessons from the Police and Crime Commissioner elections

Concerning the PCC legislation

The Home Office has today published the Government’s official response to the Electoral Commission’s report on last November’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections, which was published in March.

Commenting, Jenny Watson, Chair of the Electoral Commission, said:

The Government has failed to learn the lessons from last November’s PCC elections.

Turnout was 15 %. People told us they wanted more information about candidates so they would know who to vote for. Candidates said they found it hard to communicate across large constituencies. We are disappointed that the Government has not accepted our recommendation that a candidate information booklet should be sent to every household at the next elections. They should reconsider while there is still time.

The Electoral Commission is also reminding the Home Office today that we said they need to make clear by May 2014 how and when they will make changes to the existing PCC legislation ahead of the next polls. Any changes will require co-ordination across three government departments and will need to be made in good time so that Returning Officers and their teams can prepare for a busy set of elections in 2016.

For further information contact Karim Aziz in the Electoral Commission press office:

Extra notes

Notes to editors

  • The Electoral Commission is an independent body set up by the UK Parliament. Our aim is integrity and public confidence in the UK’s democratic process. We regulate party and election finance and set standards for well-run elections and are responsible for the conduct and regulation of referendums held under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act (2000).
  • In May 2016, the next PCC elections are set to be combined with a National Assembly for Wales general election and local government elections in England.
  • To see what the Electoral Commission’s post-election PCC report said, see our press release from March 2013.
  • Read our full post-election report (PDF).