Police and Crime Commissioner Election, 15th November 2012
The first elections of Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) will take place on 15 November 2012.
PCCs will represent you and hold the police force, and in particular the Chief Constable to account for the performance of the police force.
You will be able to vote in elections on the 15 November 2012 for the candidate you want to represent you.
Elections will be held in all police force areas in England and Wales, except in London, where the mayor of London has taken on the powers of a PCC in relation to the Metropolitan Police.
The supplementary vote system will be used for these elections if there are more than 2 candidates otherwise the first past the post system will be used. Under the supplementary vote system voters will be asked to select their first and second preferences for PCC, if no candidate gains 50 per cent of the first preference votes, the two candidates with the highest number of first preference votes go forward to a second round of counting.
In the second round of counting, ballots with a first preference for a candidate that did not get into the top two will be reallocated according to the second preference indicated in the ballot paper. Whichever of the top two candidates has the most votes after these second-preferences have been allocated is declared elected.
You can vote in the PCC Election if you are:
- a British citizen living in the UK and registered to vote or registered to vote as a crown servant or member of the armed services
- a European Union citizen living in the UK and registered to vote.
- a Commonwealth citizen who either does not need leave to be resident in the UK, or has the necessary leave and is legally resident in the UK and is registered to vote
Please visit our polling station page to find your local polling station.