Voting registration deadline for the Hertfordshire
Police and Crime Commissioner Election
The deadline for registering to vote at the
Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) election is 5pm
on Wednesday 31 October 2012.
Members of the public not on the electoral
register can obtain a rolling registration form from the Council’s
website at http://www.broxbourne.gov.uk/,
Council offices or a Council one stop shop. Rolling registration
forms need to be completed, signed and returned to the Council
offices or a Council one stop shop by 5pm on Wednesday 31 October
2012. Residents can find out if they are on the electoral register
by calling the Council on 01992 785577. Residents not on the
electoral register will be unable to vote on Thursday 15 November
The closing date for postal vote applications
is Wednesday 31 October 2012 and the closing date for proxy
applications is Wednesday 7 November 2012. The polling stations
will be open from 7am to10pm on Thursday 15 November 2012.
For more information on the election,
residents in the Borough of Broxbourne can contact the Council on
01992 785577. Alternatively, residents can visit the Council’s
website at http://www.broxbourne.gov.uk/
or a Council one stop shop.
The first Hertfordshire Police and Crime
Commissioner (PCC) election will take place on Thursday 15 November
2012.The result of the election will be declared on Friday
16 November 2012. The candidate elected will take responsibility
for policing in Hertfordshire on 22 November 2012 and serve until
The four candidates who will contest the
election are Ms Sherma Batson (Labour Party Candidate), Mr David
Edward Lloyd (The Conservative Party Candidate), Ms Marion Ann
Mason (UKIP), and Mr Christopher Townsend (Liberal Democrat). The
contact details of the candidates who will contest the election are
The election addresses of all candidates
are available on a Home Office hosted national website http://www.choosemypcc.org.uk/,
which is searchable by police force area or by candidate name.
Alternatively, electors can telephone the Home Office on 0800
1070708 to order a free paper version of the candidate information,
which will be sent by the Home Office to them by post. The
number is free from landline phones. Costs for calls made on
mobile phones may vary.
The delivery of booklets by the Electoral
Commission about the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Election
to all residential properties in England and Wales commenced on
Monday 22 October 2012 and will be completed by Friday 2 November
2012. The booklet explains the role of the PCC, who is eligible to
vote, how to cast a vote at a polling station on Thursday 15
November 2012 and how to vote by post or proxy.
The Electoral Commission’s “About My Vote”
website at http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/
offers more in depth information about registering to vote, the
voting system and how the votes are counted. Alternatively,
electors can telephone the Electoral Commission on 0800 3280280 to
obtain this information.
Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 introduces significant
changes in police governance and accountability. Police Authorities
will be replaced by directly elected PCCs. On 15 November 2012,
Hertfordshire will elect its first PCC, who will be given
responsibility for the way policing is delivered in the county and
who will hold the Chief Constable to account for running the force.
The PCC will decide how funding related to policing and crime
reduction is allocated and, in consultation with the Chief
Constable, set the strategic direction and objectives of the
force through their Police and Crime Plan.
The supplementary vote system has been
chosen for these elections. This is currently the system used to
elect mayors, the closest existing role to PCCs. Under the
supplementary vote system, a voter is asked to indicate first and
second preferences, if no candidate has 50 per cent of the first
preference votes, the two candidates with the highest number of
first preference votes go forward to a second round. In the second
round of counting, ballots indicating a first preference for a
candidate that lost the first round are reallocated according to
the second preference indicated on the ballot paper.
The Hertfordshire Police and Crime
Panel (PCP) has been established to scrutinise and support the work
of the PCC. The PCC will be required to consult with the PCP on his
or her plans and budget for policing, as well as the council tax
precept and certain key appointments. Broxbourne Borough Council is
the host local authority for the PCP and will provide
administrative and other support to the panel and its