Election for a new Police and Crime Commissioner will take place on 5th May 2016

Before the EU Referendum, voters in England will have the ability to elect their areas Police and Crime Commissioner. This election will take place on Thursday 5 May 2016.

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) oversees the running of local police forces, including appointing the Chief Constable, setting the local budget and deciding what the priorities should be for the police in their area. At the last election, the Tory candidate, Tony Hogg won the seat with Labour coming second and the Lib Dems coming third.

We in this PPC area will have the opportunity to elect a completely new commissioner, as Tony Hogg is not seeking re-election.

Sadly, the turnout both nationally and locally was poor, with a disappointing 15.1% of those eligible in Cornwall, Devon and Isles of Scilly bothered to vote.

For Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, there will be 1.3 million electors potentially taking part in this election which covers 12 different local authorities ranging from 1,800 electors on the Isles of Scilly to 430,000 in Cornwall. These elections are being led by Exeter City Council, with John Street, the Police Area Returning Officer for Devon and Cornwall.

In Cornwall 408,397 people have currently registered to vote, with around 73,000 registering for a postal vote.  In 2012 63,678 people actually voted of whom 29,315 used a postal vote.

Only people who are registered can take part in this election, so I am urging people living in Devon and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to make sure they are registered to vote, so they don’t miss out on having their say on polling day.

You can register to vote quickly and easily online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. You will need your date of birth and national insurance number.

There will be almost 1400 polling stations open on the day between 7am and 10pm, so there will not be one very far away from your home which will allow you to cast your vote. Over 200,000 postal votes will be issued across the whole area.

This election uses the Supplementary voting system. Voters choose one of the candidates as their first choice and another as their second.  If no candidate gains 50%+1 of the vote at the initial stage of voting, the top two candidates are identified.  The second preference votes for the top two candidates, from those candidates which have been eliminated at the first stage of voting, are added to the first stage results, and then a result declared for the candidate with the highest number of votes cast.

Make your vote count, and take part.

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