Have your say about local policing

PR2031/JB/TC - 16/03/2016

The election for the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) takes place on Thursday 5th May, and Mid Sussex residents are urged to take part.

On Thursday 5 May 2016 voters in Mid Sussex will go to the polls to elect a Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Sussex. Since November 2012, the Police and Crime Commissioners have been responsible for overseeing the running of local police forces, including appointing the Chief Constable, setting the local police budget and deciding what the priorities should be for the police in their area.

Local electors are eligible to stand as candidates in the Police and Crime Commissioner election, provided they have not been convicted of an imprisonable offence and are not employed in certain jobs, including being a police officer.

Nominations to stand as a candidate in the 2016 Police and Crime Commissioner election must be submitted by 4pm on 7 April. Candidates will be required to have the backing of 100 local electors and provide a £5,000 deposit. If you are thinking of standing, please contact the Returning Officer for the Sussex Police area at paro@wealden.gov.uk for further nomination details.

“Your local authority manages the local register of electors, which is known as the Electoral Roll,” said Charles Lant, Returning Officer for this year’s Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Elections. “They send out polling cards to registered electors before upcoming elections so you know which polling station to attend. You can still vote if you do not have a polling card, but you must be on the local Electoral Register.”

The deadline to register to vote in the PCC election is Monday 18 April 2016. Whilst there is still time, it’s running out quickly. The good news is that it only takes a few minutes to register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.