VETERAN ORSETT councillor Mike Revell often describes and decries what he calls the “Thurrock shrug”. It looks liek there was a collective one yesterday as Thurrock has recorded the lowest turnout in Essex for the election of the Essex Police Commissioner.
Only 10.2% of the electorate voted across the borough, even though it had polling stations from Aveley to Thurrock, manned from 7am to 10pm.
Uttlesford “topped” the turnout ratings with 15%.
Some after predicting that this will be the lowest turnout for an election in the UK.
Leading elections expert, prof John Curtice told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘The fundamental question is… what really are the significant choices that one can put before the electorate about how the job of PCC can be done?
Unless there are real choices, it is very difficult to persuade voters that the election is worth voting in.
The final result for Essex is expected some time this afternoon in Chelmsford.