Police and Crime Commissioner, District and Parish elections 7 May 2020

Following the announcement from central government on Friday 13 March, all elections which were due to be held in May will be postponed until May 2021.

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Police and Crime Commissioner Election

Police and Crime Commissioners are elected every four years.

The Police and Crime Commissioner is responsible for setting the strategic objectives for policing in Surrey.

This includes setting and updating a police and crime plan, setting the force budget and precept, and appointing, and where necessary dismissing, the Chief Constable. The Police and Crime Panel will play a key role in scrutinising decisions made by the Commissioner in connection to these responsibilities.

These arrangements are designed to increase transparency of the delivery of policing services and to give the public the ability to ensure their police are accountable. As such the Chief Constable of Surrey Police is accountable to the Commissioner, and the Commissioner is accountable to the electorate.

To find out more about the role of the Police and Crime Commissioner, please visit the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner website.

For more detail about the roles and responsibilities of a PCC please visit the Home Office website.

You can find further information on the Police and Crime Commissioner candidates standing for election in the Surrey Police Area on the Choose My PCC website after 9 April.

The voting system

The PCC elections will be using Supplementary Vote (SV) system. Under SV, there are two columns on the ballot paper - one for voters to mark their first choice and one in which to mark a second choice. Voters mark 'X' in each column, although voters are not required to make a second choice if they do not wish to.

After the first choice votes are counted, and if one Candidate has a majority, that is over 50% of the votes cast, that Candidate is elected. If no Candidate receives a majority, the top two Candidates continue to a second round and all other Candidates are eliminated. The second-choice votes of everyone whose first choice has been eliminated are then counted.

Any votes for the remaining Candidates are then added to their first-round totals. Whichever Candidate has the most votes after these second-preferences have been allocated is declared the winner.

How to become a candidate

You can find out more about becoming a candidate by contacting PARO@reigate-banstead.gov.uk.

District Elections

Which wards have elections?

District elections are held every three years out of four, which means that each year 14 out of the 42 councillors currently serving on the Council are up for re-election. If they are elected, they serve a four year term in office. In the fourth year the County Council elections are held.

This year the following district wards have district elections:

  • Bletchingley & Nutfield
  • Burstow, Horne & Outwood
  • Godstone
  • Harestone
  • Oxted North & Tandridge
  • Oxted South
  • Portley
  • Queens Park
  • Valley
  • Warlingham East, Chelsham & Farleigh
  • Warlingham West
  • Westway
  • Whyteleafe
  • Woldingham

Parish Elections

Parish elections are held every four years. This year the following parishes have elections:

  • Caterham on the Hill
  • Caterham Valley
  • Warlingham
  • Whyteleafe
  • Woldingham

Timetable

Publish Notice of Election

Wednesday 25 March 2020

Deadline for:

Delivery of nomination papers
Withdrawal of candidature
Appointment of Election Agents

Wednesday 8 April 2020 at 4pm

Publish Statement of Persons Nominated

Thursday 9 April 2020 at 5pm
Deadline for applications to be included in the register of electors to be used for the election Tuesday 21 April 2020
Deadline for new applications to vote by post or to change existing absent vote details (e.g cancellation or redirection of ballot papers) Wednesday 22 April 2020 at 5pm
Deadline for new application to vote by proxy Wednesday 29 April 2020 at 5pm

Publish Notice of Poll

Wednesday 29 April 2020 at 5pm
Deadline for Appointment of Counting Agents and Polling Agents Friday 1 May 2020
First day to request replacement postal votes Friday 1 May 2020
Deadline to issue replacement spoilt or lost postal ballot papers Thursday 7 May 2020 at 5pm
Polling Day Thursday 7 May 2020 7am to 10pm
Return of Election Expense forms (parish) Monday 8 June 2020
Return of Election Expense forms (district) Friday 12 June 2020

 

Information for District Councillor Candidates

Many people choose to stand in local elections as a representative of a political party, but individuals can stand in their own right as an ‘independent’. Candidates who stand on behalf of a political party will have gone though a formal selection process.

To stand as a district councillor you must:

  • be aged 18 or over
  • live or work in the borough, or own property there
  • be nominated and seconded and supported by eight other electors from the ward you want to stand in.
  • not work for Tandridge District Council or hold a politically restricted post at another council.
  • not be bankrupt or have been sentenced to prison for three months or more in the past five years

For further information see the Electoral Commission Website

Information for Parish Councillor Candidates

 Many people choose to stand in local elections as a representative of a political party, but individuals can stand in their own right as an ‘independent’. Candidates who stand on behalf of a political party will have gone though a formal selection process.

To stand as a parish councillor you must:

  • be aged 18 or over
  • be a British, commonwealth or EU citizen
  • be registered as a local government elector for the parish in which you wish to stand
  • live or work in the parish, or own property there
  • live within 3 miles of the parish area

For further information see the Electoral Commission Website or 

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