'Not enough information' say electors registered at no-vote Malpas Cricket Club polling station

ONE polling station in Newport, at Malpas Cricket Club, failed to attract a single voter today.

The cricket club was made famous for its connection with Bond actor the late Desmond Llewellyn who grew up in Bettws - he wore the club's tie on screen.

As Twitter user mrdavidhands put it: "From Licence to kill to Licence for nil."

Bettws councillor Noel Trigg, who had a different polling station but admitted to not voting himself, told the Argus that the cricket club was used as a polling station for the first time specifically for residents on the new housing estate at Foxglove Meadows.

Rumour also hinted of another zero turn out at a polling station in the Corporation Road area of the city but Newport council strenuously denied this today.

Sources suggested that Newport's highest turn out was in Mount Pleasant, Rogerstone, which saw 247 of around a possible 15,000 voters turn out at the polls.

Residents registered to vote at Malpas Cricket Club in Bettws told the Argus they felt they didn't have enough information to vote.

Around 54 homes have been sold at the site but not all of them are currently occupied.

The Argus spoke to seven residents on the estate - four said they did not vote, one did by postal vote and the other two thought they had not received a polling card.

One resident, who didn’t want to be named, said: "I put the polling card in the drawer and just forgot about it. I didn’t know who was up and didn’t feel justified in voting.

We’ve had no leaflets or no-one coming round here so I just forgot about it."

It was a similar story elsewhere in Gwent, which had an overall turnout of 14.3 per cent, with the five local authorities all having turn out figures in the low to mid-teens.

Monmouthshire had a 15.1 per cent turnout, Caerphilly was 14.7 per cent, Torfaen was 14.3 per cent, Newport was 14.0 per cent and Blaenau Gwent was 13 per cent.

At the Cefn-y-Crib polling station in Pantygasseg just three voters made an appearance - a turn out of just 3.7 per cent.

Blaenau Gwent's poorest performing polling station was the William Powell Memorial Hall in Cwmtillery where five out of a possible 133 people made the polls.

Monmouthshire's lowest number of voters was at Ysgol y Ffin polling station in Caldicot which had 52 voters - a four per cent turnout.

Caerphilly council did not respond to the Argus' request for turnout information.

Yesterday's vote also had a high number of spoilt ballot papers.

A total of 1,555 were counted including 716 which had too many candidates marked on them and 347 which were discounted as being "uncertain".

Activists reported seeing papers strewn with swearing and comments that the election was a waste of money.

The Electoral Reform Society Wales, which described the process as a 'comedy of errors', said the turn out in Wales was the lowest in Welsh history.

The Welsh Local Government Association, which had opposed the idea of commissioners in Wales, said it was disappointed by the turn out.

Chief executive Steve Thomas said: "While no one would argue that the police should be held to account, this process has failed to engage voters in either Wales or England, and even with £100million being spent people were simply not convinced that they needed an elected police and crime commissioner in the first place."

He thanked local returning officers and officials for their work, adding: "We hope that their day was not too dull."

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6:40pm Fri 16 Nov 12

rightsideup says...

£100,000,000 down the drain.
£100,000,000 down the drain. rightsideup

7:09pm Fri 16 Nov 12

jonathan25 says...

Terrible grammar Ruth.
Terrible grammar Ruth. jonathan25

7:22pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Dave on his Soapbox says...

…there are a number of reasons why this election failed to inspire voters to bother to turn out….. it might get better next time….. but I doubt it.
The politicians are blaming the lack of information…..and considering the coverage the BBC/ITV gave to the American presidential elections…..you wonder why there wasn’t much more here on this important and vital vote…or did they want another negative story of the Tory’s flagship policy to increase democracy.
But the real reasons ……..many people don’t think there will be much change as we’re getting rid of a group of mainly non-elected party political types…..with a single party politically motivated type or someone else who was previously affiliated to the police…..so will we notice any change in what the police deliver to us in what they do.
…there are a number of reasons why this election failed to inspire voters to bother to turn out….. it might get better next time….. but I doubt it. The politicians are blaming the lack of information…..and considering the coverage the BBC/ITV gave to the American presidential elections…..you wonder why there wasn’t much more here on this important and vital vote…or did they want another negative story of the Tory’s flagship policy to increase democracy. But the real reasons ……..many people don’t think there will be much change as we’re getting rid of a group of mainly non-elected party political types…..with a single party politically motivated type or someone else who was previously affiliated to the police…..so will we notice any change in what the police deliver to us in what they do. Dave on his Soapbox

7:30pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Dolieboy says...

The truth is no one cares. Criminals who commit serious crimes will continue to be let off or get light sentences, regardless of who is in charge.
The truth is no one cares. Criminals who commit serious crimes will continue to be let off or get light sentences, regardless of who is in charge. Dolieboy

8:45pm Fri 16 Nov 12

nehpets snave says...

I agree dolieboy..... The average person has given up the way this country has been run, doesn't matter which party you vote for in elections, nothing will change...
I agree dolieboy..... The average person has given up the way this country has been run, doesn't matter which party you vote for in elections, nothing will change... nehpets snave

9:35pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Lliswerry Man says...

Dolieboy wrote:
The truth is no one cares. Criminals who commit serious crimes will continue to be let off or get light sentences, regardless of who is in charge.
Very well said, and captured what most people I have spoken to think also.

Having a different chief does not change the poor laws or sentences handed out by the courts or the poor policing we receive due to the way the Police service itself is now set up.

More American Like.. Local beat officer - central crime officer - traffic officer, and when you have a specific problem, each department says its for the other department to deal with and they lose you in their tripe. Just need to look at the Gwent Police facebook page to see what a farce policing is, Dial 101 and ask to speak to a local officer, who then say, Oh we do not deal with that,you need to speak to blah blah , bring back Old Style Policing, with Old Style Police who wanted to do the job and were not some of the wannabe pen pushers we have today.

So its no wonder people cannot be bothered to vote, they are fed up of being lied to by people who get voted in, who change what they say pre - vote once voted in.

Cameron said, the public can hold these PCC responsible if we are not happy, and what do we do? publicly flog them? they will just blame it on Low Funding, or lack of resources as the current organisation have for years.

Its more a case of Low Morale with long served on the beat Officers, who work hard to capture criminals, and watch in dismay as they are handed pathetic sentences.

So what use is the PCC, more money for what?
[quote][p][bold]Dolieboy[/bold] wrote: The truth is no one cares. Criminals who commit serious crimes will continue to be let off or get light sentences, regardless of who is in charge.[/p][/quote]Very well said, and captured what most people I have spoken to think also. Having a different chief does not change the poor laws or sentences handed out by the courts or the poor policing we receive due to the way the Police service itself is now set up. More American Like.. Local beat officer - central crime officer - traffic officer, and when you have a specific problem, each department says its for the other department to deal with and they lose you in their tripe. Just need to look at the Gwent Police facebook page to see what a farce policing is, Dial 101 and ask to speak to a local officer, who then say, Oh we do not deal with that,you need to speak to blah blah , bring back Old Style Policing, with Old Style Police who wanted to do the job and were not some of the wannabe pen pushers we have today. So its no wonder people cannot be bothered to vote, they are fed up of being lied to by people who get voted in, who change what they say pre - vote once voted in. Cameron said, the public can hold these PCC responsible if we are not happy, and what do we do? publicly flog them? they will just blame it on Low Funding, or lack of resources as the current organisation have for years. Its more a case of Low Morale with long served on the beat Officers, who work hard to capture criminals, and watch in dismay as they are handed pathetic sentences. So what use is the PCC, more money for what? Lliswerry Man

10:48pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Steffyboy says...

Voters probably thought they would set up a few mobile speed camera's near the Polling Station's always handy to stock up the coffers ....On a serious note not enough information on who was running for the positions there was no canvassing so how can you vote on something you know nothing about :0( Call me lazy I probably could have researched more into it but just as 99% of the population I was just to busy it passed without a thought
Voters probably thought they would set up a few mobile speed camera's near the Polling Station's always handy to stock up the coffers ....On a serious note not enough information on who was running for the positions there was no canvassing so how can you vote on something you know nothing about :0( Call me lazy I probably could have researched more into it but just as 99% of the population I was just to busy it passed without a thought Steffyboy

9:41am Sat 17 Nov 12

parcel says...

"Bettws councillor Noel Trigg, who had a different polling station but admitted to not voting himself"
Says it all really!

Look we are not in the Usa where government officials and law officers/sheriffs are chosen by the public!

It mite work in the States, it aint gonna work here!

It cost time, money, resources and there's no guarantee the people who are "elected" will do any better than their predecessors.

So its a "no vote" from me .

I'm out!
"Bettws councillor Noel Trigg, who had a different polling station but admitted to not voting himself" Says it all really! Look we are not in the Usa where government officials and law officers/sheriffs are chosen by the public! It mite work in the States, it aint gonna work here! It cost time, money, resources and there's no guarantee the people who are "elected" will do any better than their predecessors. So its a "no vote" from me . I'm out! parcel

12:00pm Sat 17 Nov 12

Howie' says...

Dave on his Soapbox wrote:
…there are a number of reasons why this election failed to inspire voters to bother to turn out….. it might get better next time….. but I doubt it.
The politicians are blaming the lack of information…..and considering the coverage the BBC/ITV gave to the American presidential elections…..you wonder why there wasn’t much more here on this important and vital vote…or did they want another negative story of the Tory’s flagship policy to increase democracy.
But the real reasons ……..many people don’t think there will be much change as we’re getting rid of a group of mainly non-elected party political types…..with a single party politically motivated type or someone else who was previously affiliated to the police…..so will we notice any change in what the police deliver to us in what they do.
Nice try to blame the BBC for little coverage but if Government had been putting out press conferences they would have been reported....They didn't and they weren't.
I would hazard a guess that the election of the American President, the most powerful politician in the world would always get a little more media attention than the election of the PCC's.
[quote][p][bold]Dave on his Soapbox[/bold] wrote: …there are a number of reasons why this election failed to inspire voters to bother to turn out….. it might get better next time….. but I doubt it. The politicians are blaming the lack of information…..and considering the coverage the BBC/ITV gave to the American presidential elections…..you wonder why there wasn’t much more here on this important and vital vote…or did they want another negative story of the Tory’s flagship policy to increase democracy. But the real reasons ……..many people don’t think there will be much change as we’re getting rid of a group of mainly non-elected party political types…..with a single party politically motivated type or someone else who was previously affiliated to the police…..so will we notice any change in what the police deliver to us in what they do.[/p][/quote]Nice try to blame the BBC for little coverage but if Government had been putting out press conferences they would have been reported....They didn't and they weren't. I would hazard a guess that the election of the American President, the most powerful politician in the world would always get a little more media attention than the election of the PCC's. Howie'

9:38am Sun 18 Nov 12

davidcp says...

Not surprised no-one was interested. Closing police stations and focussing 20% of investigative officers on domestic violence suggests a police lack of interest in US!
Not surprised no-one was interested. Closing police stations and focussing 20% of investigative officers on domestic violence suggests a police lack of interest in US! davidcp

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