Humberside PCC Matthew Grove welcomes investigation into elections
An investigation into police and crime commissioner elections has been welcomed by Humberside's winner Matthew Grove.
A study by the Electoral Reform Society shows the elections, which recorded the lowest turnout in peacetime history, were poorly delivered and failed candidates and voters.
It found that nearly 90 per cent of voters in England and Wales have no idea who their police and crime commissioner is despite November's first direct elections, which cost £75m.
Mr Grove said: "This was an election for a new position, with a different voting format to that of a general or council election.
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"There has been criticism of the lack of printed information being distributed, but in a time of austerity, a balance has to be reached, and there were a large number of candidates in Humberside which would have proved costly."
Mr Grove said his role is now to raise awareness of his appointment.
"My role, and that of all the other newly elected police and crime commissioners, is to raise the awareness of what we are here to achieve," he said.
"To that end, I am working 60 to 70 hours a week, with a deputy working 40 to 50 hours.
"Public awareness is earned through hard work over a prolonged period and doing the right things for the public you are elected to serve."