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Cameron defends British police polls after low turnout

Published on Nov 16, 2012 11:27 PM

LONDON (AFP) - Prime Minister David Cameron was forced on Friday to defend the newly elected police commissioners for England and Wales after embarrassingly low turnout in the first ever elections for the posts.

With fewer than 10 per cent of voters casting their ballots in some areas, Mr Cameron insisted it would "take time" for the public to get behind the commissioners, who will set a budget and vision for 41 police forces.

"I found, going round the country, people were beginning to get the idea of a local law and order champion. Now they have got them and those people in post will be able to prove their worth," he told BBC television.

"My prediction is the turnout will be much higher next time around."