Police and Crime Commissioners (PCC) are elected every four years; the last election was in May 2016. PCCs are elected representatives who oversee how crime is tackled in a police force area. Their aim is to cut crime, ensure the policing needs of their communities are met as effectively as possible, bring communities closer to the police, build confidence in the system, help to restore trust and ensure the police force is effective.
Under the Policing and Crime Act 2017, PCCs can also make a case to take control of fire and rescue services in their areas, and are known as Police, Fire and Crime Commissioners (PFCCs).
Here in North Yorkshire, we have a Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC).
There is more information online about the role of the PFCC:
The elections will be run by Local Returning Officers (LROs) in each local authority, with a Police Area Returning Officers (PAROs) coordinating across all of North Yorkshire. The North Yorkshire PARO is Janet Waggott, Chief Executive of Selby District Council, who along with the Elections Team at Selby will be helping to ensure the smooth runnning of the election.
The local authorities included in the North Yorkshire Police Area are Craven, Hambleton, Harrogate, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough and Selby.
If there are two candidates standing at the election, the PFCC is elected under the first-past-the-post electoral system, where the candidate with the most votes is elected.
If there are more than two candidates, the supplementary vote system is used. This is where voters vote for a first and second choice candidate. The ballot paper will list all the candidates and voters will mark their first and second choice candidates in the first and second choice columns accordingly. If a candidate gets more than 50% of the first choice votes, they will be declared elected. If no candidate gets more than 50% of first choice votes, all candidates except for those in first and second place are eliminated. The ballot papers showing a first preference for one of the eliminated candidates are checked for their second preference; any second preference votes for the remaining top two candidates are are then added to their first preference votes, and the candidate with the most votes is elected.
Who can stand as a candidate?
Candidates must be:
- at least 18 years old on the day of nomination;
- a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any other member state of the European Union, and;
- registered as a local government elector in a local council area that is within the police area of North Yorkshire, both at the time of your nomination and on polling day.
You cannot stand for election if you have a conviction for an imprisionable offence, or you are a serving civil servant, judge, police officer, member of police staff, member of staff of a Police and Crime Commissioner or member of the regular armed forces, employee of a council within North Yorkshire, employee of a police related agency, employee of other government agencies, politically restricted post-holder, member of police staff or member of the police authority. Members of Parliament and Members of the European Parliament can stand but would need to resign their seat if they were elected.
The full range of disqualifications is complex and if you are in any doubt about whether you are disqualified, you must do everything you can to check that you are not disqualified before submitting your nomination papers. Full details can be found on the Electoral Commission website.
If you want to stand for election you must declare your intention to stand for election by 4pm on Wednesday 8 April 2020, and must complete and submit your nomination paper, including at least 100 signatures of registered electors from North Yorkshire, and submit a deposit of £5,000 to the local PARO.
There will be a briefing for prospective candidates and agents on the elections process, including nominations and the count, at Selby District Council Offices at 5pm on Wednesday 4 March 2020.
Further information on standing for election will also be available on the Electoral Commission website soon.
The national candidates helpline number is 0808 196 2170.
To view the timetable and deadlines for the election, click here.
Registering to Vote and Applying to Vote by Post or Proxy
If you want to vote in these elections you need to be registered. Click here for more information on registering to vote.