Scores of voters in Cheltenham have not received PCC election information
THOUSANDS of voters across Cheltenham have not received key information about tomorrow's Police and Crime Commissioner election.
This could leave some unaware of how to fill in the ballot paper because they have not received the booklet from the Electoral Commission explaining the PCC voting system, which differs to the general election method.
Royal Mail was due to deliver the booklet to homes in the week beginning October 29.
But dozens of residents said they had not received it – and the election take place tomorrow.
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Bernice Thompson, from St Marks, said: "I have not spoken to one person who has received the booklet, and I've asked more than 20 people. We think it's pretty appalling, especially as the election will be done differently from the general election. The booklet explains how the vote will be carried out.
"If people do not know how to vote they will probably not bother to vote, or if they do they will spoil their ballot papers."
The 63-year-old added: "Taxpayers' money has paid for the election and the booklets, so people should receive them so they can know how to vote properly."
The candidates for Gloucestershire are: Victoria Atkins (Conservative), Alistair Cameron (Liberal Democrat), Rupi Dhanda (Labour) and Martin Surl (independent).
Resident Bridgette Groom said she had not received the information at her Bishop's Cleeve home.
She said: " It's an important booklet which should have been delivered, but it hasn't arrived."
An Electoral Commission spokesman said the booklets should have been delivered to 21 million homes across the UK.
He said: "The commission will be forwarding any postcodes where queries have arisen over non-delivery to Royal Mail.
"Royal Mail will then carry out an investigation into these and that information will be available once it's collated."
But a Royal Mail spokesman said it had delivered the literature to every home in Cheltenham and had not received any complaints. Spokesman Adrian Booth said: "We have not received any negative feedback about the Police and Crime Commissioner election material which we delivered in the Cheltenham area in the week commencing October 29. If customers have any concerns, they should contact Royal Mail customer services on 08457 740740. Customers with issues about poll cards should contact Cheltenham Borough Council."
The Police and Crime Commissioner Elections booklet is available to view online at http://bit.ly/Rv88Dh.