With less than a month to go before the new Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections, it is time to engage voters, says the Electoral Commission, the independent elections watchdog.
Those who have announced their candidacy for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are:
Jacqui Rayment, Labour Website Link: http://jacquirayment.co.uk/
Simon Hayes, Independent Website Link: https://twitter.com/Hayes4HantsPCC
Michael Mates, Conservative Website Link: http://www.michaelmates.org/
David Goodall, Liberal Democrat Website Link: http://davidgoodall.org.uk/en/
Don Jerrard, Anti-Corruption Party Website Link: http://www.jacparty.org.uk/
Stephen West UKIP Candidate Website Link: http://www.vote4stephen.com/
View more information on the candidates click here
The PCCs, as they will be known, will be tasked with scrutinising their force and holding it to account. They will also be able to hire and dismiss the chief constable and set the force’s budget.
Each candidate may have different ideas, skills and experience to bring to the role. Information on who to vote for and how they propose to make a difference will be available on this site from October 26th, 2012. These are important roles so ensure you choose the candidate that will tackle the issues you care about. Read more here www.choosemypcc.org.uk
The Electoral Commission are currently running a public awareness campaign (watch video below). The campaign will run from Monday 22nd October until polling day – Thursday 15th November. A booklet will be sent to every household in England and Wales with factual information on what the PCC elections are for, when they are taking place, and how to vote.
Jenny Watson, Chair of the Electoral Commission said:
“In November we will have a new set of elections, for Police and Crime Commissioners. Clearly, engaging voters ahead of these elections will be crucial. We will make sure people have the information they need to cast their vote. But people don’t vote because they know how to, they vote because they care about what’s at stake. So it’s now down to the candidates to give people a reason to vote.
“While we don’t agree with the decisions taken by the Government about how to make people aware of these elections, it’s now time to focus on making the arrangements work for voters. We will do all we can to make people aware of the candidate information website.”
A report published by the Electoral Commission contains a briefing note on outstanding issues to ensure that the Police and Crime Commissioner elections are well run. To view click here
Main Image: The Electoral Commission’s advert to raise awareness that a booklet will be delivered ahead of the Police and Crime Commissioner elections happening on 15 November 2012. Find out more at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk. This advert will run 22 October – 2 November 2012.
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