Nominations will open 8 October 2012 and close 19 October 2012
The first PCC elections will take place on 15 November 2012
PCCs will take office 22 November 2012
A person may stand as a PCC if:
they are 18 or over
they are a British, Commonwealth or EU citizen
they are registered to vote in the force area in which they wish to stand
A person may not stand as a PCC if:
they have been convicted of an imprisonable offence
they are a serving; civil servant, judge, police officer, member of the regular armed forces, employee of a council within the force area, employee of a police related agency, employee of another government agency, politically restricted post-holder, member of police staff (including PCSOs) or member of a police authority
MEPs, MSPs, AMs and MPs will be able to stand as PCCs, but will need to stand down from their existing post before being able to accept the post of PCC
To be formally nominated a candidate's nomination will need to be signed by 100 people registered to vote in the police force area where the candidate is standing.
The candidate will need to give a deposit of £5,000 which will be returned if they receive more than 5% of the votes cast in the election
Nominations ended only on the 19th October 2012, the Bill was passed in May last year. I received my Polling Card yesterday, but I have had no literature on who's standing. It's being held on 15th November, not much time for someone to make up their mind or find out more. Looked my candidates up on the BBC Website for the South West. How the hell am I supposed to know who to vote for, and how do I make a protest vote that I don't want an elected political or corporate commissioner to control my local police?
I gather the turn out will be, or more likely, seems designed to be a low turnout being held in the middle of Winter as it is. I assume that even if as is being guesstimated there might be a 14% turnout, someone will be elected regardless of their vote percentage of the total electorate. Surely, if this had to become part of our local government system, which I don't agree it should be, the winning candidate should have to reach more than 50% of the turnout.
Anyone actually in favour of this election, should the new Commissioners be from political parties, or vested interests, standing as so called independents, or does anyone know more about how it is going to work?