Poor turnout for Gravesham Kent County Council election

PUBLISHED: 11:27 03 May 2013

Gravesham polls are down by a combined 18 per cent for this year’s Kent County Council local election.

Gravesham Rural saw the biggest drop, with 11 per cent less votes than in 2009 – just 26.16 per cent of people took to the polling stations.

Postal votes were stronger, with 66.38 per cent returned. However, the combined total turnout of 31.38 per cent is down from 42.64 per cent four years ago.

Gravesham East posted the smallest drop in votes, with the total falling from 31.07 per cent in 2009 to 29.37 this year.

Northfleet and Gravesham West showed around five per cent in votes lost, dropping from 31.78 per cent to 26.58 per cent.

With turnout at polls poor, postal votes may prove crucial and are set to decide the outcome in Gravesham East.

Labour candidate, Colin Caller, expects his party to take back the seat from the Conservatives – but refused to call it just yet.

He said: “At this stage all I have seen is that there’s a lot of split votes.

“According to our returns we should win, but we can’t call it yet.”

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