lack of information

no details on candidates.
changing of parties…1 canditate life long lib dem councillor standing as independant
ukip r standing . why what has independance from europe got to do with local policing?

sorry this is a very good salery with no boundaries of what selected person should do, at least with a mp we have some idea.
why £85k?
this is over 4 times average pay in Cornwall!

What is the point?

The PCCs appear to have incredible power vested in on person.
What mechanisms are in place for collating public opinion?
If less 20% people vote what is the democratic mandate?
Why is a voting system that gives some people more votes than others being used? Last year Baroness Warsi and David Cameron showed how unfair preferential is.

[Potentially defamatory material removed] The referendum result therefore backs the (wrong) view that preferential voting is unfair.

No one can be bothered to campaign

I’m opposed to the notion of elected PCCs in principle because I don’t think the management of the police should be party-politicised and because I think it’s a complex technical field that requires genuine expertise and knowledge, rather than the ability to whip up votes.

However, the main reason I am spoiling my ballot is because of the total lack of effort being made by all candidates in my area to run any kind of campaign to seek votes. I have read the collection of platitudes that passes for an election statement from each of the candidates, on the PCC election website, but you know what: I shouldn’t have to search for reasons to vote for someone. If you’re standing for any kind of elected office, you have to search for me. It’s your job as a candidate to make your case, and find ways to communicate that to me.

No one has done this. If they can’t be bothered to court my vote, I can’t be bothered to cast it.

This website allowed people to publicly explain why and let people know what message they were trying to send by spoiling their Police & Crime Commissioner ballot papers.

The submission form has now been removed, but the material collected is available to read.