04:06AM, Thursday 15 November 2012
Voters turning out at polling stations are complaining not enough information has been made available to help them decide who should be the next Thames Valley police and crime commissioner (PCC).
Maidenhead town centre manager Steph James, who was helping man the polling station at Maidenhead Town Hall today said voters have struggled to find information about candidates standing in today's election.
She said: "The feedback we're getting from people is that there hasn't been enough publicity from the candidates.
"Some of the people have been using the internet downstairs in the town hall to find out more information before they decide.”
By 12.30pm, 74 people had voted at the town hall, which will be open until 10pm tonight.
Amongst them was 73-year-old Hamilton McAdam, of Braywick Road, who said a feature about the PCC candidates published in the Advertiser on November 1 helped him make his decision.
He said: "I found the piece in the paper very useful because there was little other publicity. I felt it was important for me to come here and vote today as I’d like someone with the right experience in the position."
The PCC is set to replace Police Authorities and will be responsible for holding the police force to account.
Polling stations will close at 10pm tonight.
The six candidates contesting the election to become the Thames Valley PCC are:
Patience Tayo Awe (Ind)
Barry Cooper (UKIP)
Geoff Howard (Ind)
John Orrell Howson (Lib Dem)
Anthony Stansfeld (Con)
Tim Starkey (Lab)
The count for the Royal Borough will be held in Maidenhead Town Hall tomorrow and the total votes will be fed to the PCC election HQ in Aylesbury.
Counting of postal votes has already started. The result should be known later today.
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