This post was written by Nicola Mackay on March 29, 2016
Time is running out to make sure you are registered to vote for Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and for your local councillors on Thursday 5 May.
All households should have recently received information confirming who is registered to vote at their address. Eligible voters who are not listed will need to register themselves by 18 April. If you have moved recently or are a first-time voter you will also need to register. This can be done by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
Registering now also ensures those people eligible to vote in the European Referendum will be able to do so on 23 June. Other benefits of registering can include improving your credit rating as credit reference agencies check the electoral register for address information.
The role of Police and Crime Commissioners started in November 2012 and they are responsible for holding the Chief Constable and the police force to account on the public’s behalf, overseeing how crime is tackled in their area, and aiming to make sure the police are providing a good service.
Information on all the candidates for Surrey will be posted closer to polling day on www.ChooseMyPCC.org.uk. There will also be a candidate information booklet that can be downloaded and printed. Residents who would prefer to receive the candidate information booklet by post can complete an online order form at www.ChooseMyPCC.org.uk now, or by calling 0800 1 070708.
John Jory, Chief Executive of Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, is the Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) responsible for the PCC elections in the Surrey police force area. He said: “Anyone not yet registered to vote should do so as soon as possible so they can have their say on issues that affect their day-to-day lives. It only takes a few minutes to complete the form and register to vote online.”
Anyone thinking of standing as a candidate in the PCC election needs to submit their nomination by 4pm on Thursday 7 April.
For further information about the PCC election and how to stand as a candidate visit www.reigate-banstead.gov.uk/pccelection.