On Thursday 7 May the election for the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is due to take place.
The election will be combined with the District Elections which are scheduled for the same day. For more detailed information about the District elections click here. (Please insert hyperlink to the tab which is detailed above which will contain information regarding the District elections)
What is the PCC Election for?
PCC Elections occur once every four years. The purpose of a PCC election is to elect one Police and Crime Commissioner for each police force area in England and Wales outside London. Wakefield is located within the West Yorkshire police force area.
The West Yorkshire force is made up of the following council areas: Wakefield, Kirklees, Leeds, Calderdale and Bradford. Wakefield is the lead local authority in respect of PCC elections for the West Yorkshire area and oversees the running of the Election of all the above authorities.
What does a PCC do?
The Association of the Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) details information about what a PCC does, their roles and responsibilities. The information can be found on their website by selecting the following link https://www.apccs.police.uk/role-of-the-pcc/
You can find more information about the PCC elections and find more information about our local PCC on the following websites: https://www.choosemypcc.org.uk/
How do I vote?
Your ballot paper will detail the candidates which are standing for the entire of the West Yorkshire region. The voting process will differ depending on the number of candidates which stand for the position of PCC.
If there are only two candidates, the PCC is elected with the first past the post system. Your ballot paper will advise you to vote for one candidate only by putting a cross in the corresponding box for your chosen candidate.
The candidate with the highest number of votes will be elected.
If there are more than two candidates, the PCC is elected with the supplementary vote system. Your ballot paper will ask you to mark your 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, the candidates will be reduced down to the two candidates who hold the highest number of the first choice votes.
The other candidates will be discounted at this stage. Any ballot papers which had a first preference vote for a now discounted candidate will have their second preference checked.
If these papers then contain any second preference votes for the remaining top two candidates, then these voters are then added to the first preference votes, and the candidate with the most votes is elected.
The Election Timetable
The timetable for the PCC election can be found here.
As we approach the election this page will be updated with the relevant statutory election notices and specific election information.
For any enquiries regarding voting and registration please visit the Information for Voters section of this webpage.
If you are interested in standing as a candidate in this election please visit the Information for Candidates section of this webpage.