FOUR candidates are contesting the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner election.
The deadline for the receipt of nominations was noon today (Friday 19 October).
The candidates are:
ANDRAS, Peter – Liberal Democrats
BAIRD, Vera – The Labour Party Candidate
BAXTER, Alistair – UK Independence Party (UKIP)
BUTLER, Phil – The Conservative Party Candidate
Voters go to polling stations on Thursday 15 November and the result of the Northumbria vote is due to be declared at the Sunderland Tennis Centre on Friday 16 November. The distribution of postal ballot packs is due to begin on the weekend of Saturday 3 November. Electoral registers close at the end of the month.
As of Tuesday 16 October, more than one million people are registered to vote in the Northumbria Police area. More than 320,000 people have registered for a postal vote.
Electorate on 16 Oct Postal Voters on 16 Oct
Gateshead 148,705 46,270
Newcastle 204,936 60,864
North Tyneside 158,705 36,749
Northumberland 250,916 53,028
South Tyneside 115,365 41,444
Sunderland 216,445 85,626
Totals 1,095,072 323,981
Anyone who has not yet registered should contact the electoral registration officer at their local council immediately. The deadline to register to vote is Wednesday 31 October.
Dr Dave Smith, the Northumbria Police Area Returning Officer, said: “If you are not on the electoral register and registered to vote, you lose the chance to have your say in the police election.
“As the Electoral Commission says – ‘It’s Your Vote, Don’t Lose It’ – so I’d urge anyone who has not yet registered to do so immediately.”
Those particularly at risk of losing the chance to have their say are people who have moved house since last autumn, and younger people.
Next week (week beginning Monday 22 October), the UK’s election watchdog the Electoral Commission begins distributing a booklet to every household in England and Wales with information about the new police elections.
Reminders to vote are also being published and broadcast in media across Northumberland and Tyne and Wear. This includes reminders on public transport from buses to the Metro network.
Voters in 41 police force areas across England and Wales will elect their Police and Crime Commissioner using the Supplementary Vote system, the same system that is used in mayoral elections.
A police commissioner is a new elected role that will replace local police authorities. Commissioners will not run the police, but will be responsible for holding the Chief Constable to account for the public.
They will be able to:
* produce a police and crime plan setting out local policing priorities.
* set the local policing budget and decide how money will be spent.
* appoint chief constables and remove them where needed.