Police and crime commissioner elections - how voting system will work in Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 13:34 13 November 2012 | UPDATED: 18:24 15 November 2012

Polling Card for the Election of the Police and Crime Commissioner for the Norfolk police area.

Picture: James Bass

Polling Card for the Election of the Police and Crime Commissioner for the Norfolk police area. Picture: James Bass

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2012

Prime minister David Cameron and policing minister Damian Green have both publicly spoken out about the importance of voting for a local police and crime commissioner in the elections on Thursday.

Mr Cameron said: “These are big, important elections coming up. It’s the first time they are being held. People are going to be voting in their own law and order champion: one person who sets the budgets, sets the priorities; hires and fires the chief constable; bangs heads together to get things done.

“If you want more tough policing, you can get it. If you want coppers who are on the beat, on your street, cracking down on antisocial behaviour, focusing on the things you care about, then don’t just talk about it, get out on 15 November and vote for it.”

While Mr Green said: “‘From 15 November onwards any development in crime prevention, policing and criminal justice will need to engage PCCs and they will be key in its implementation. This puts the public at the heart of policy making, and at the heart of policing.”

In Norfolk people going to the polls on Thursday have five candidates – Steve Morphew (Labour); Jamie Athill (Conservative); James Joyce (Lib Dems); Stephen Bett (Independent) and Matthew Smith (UKIP) – but how does it work?

Norfolk’s commissioner will be declared by Philip Hyde, police area returning officer for Norfolk, at St Andrew’s Hall in Norwich on Friday 16 November.

This declaration will be made after all seven district count results have been combined using the supplementary vote system.

The district councils involved are Norwich City Council, the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, Breckland District Council, North Norfolk District Council, South Norfolk Council, Broadland District Council and Great Yarmouth Borough Council.

Once elected, Norfolk’s commissioner will take up his post on Thursday, November 22.

Voters in England (excluding London) and Wales had to register to vote by October 31 to be able to vote on Thursday, while the deadline for applying for a postal vote was 5pm on October 31.

The deadline for applying for a proxy vote, except in a medical emergency, was 5pm on Wednesday, November 7.

How does it work?

People can make two choices for a police and crime commissioner.

• Vote for your first choice candidate by marking a cross (X) in the first choice column.

• Vote for your second choice candidate by marking a cross (X) in the second choice column.

You can choose not to mark a second choice.

• If you only mark a second choice, your vote will not be counted.

• If you give the same candidate your first and second choice, only your first choice will be counted.

• Marking a second choice cannot reduce the chances of your first choice being successful.

• Only one of your choices is counted towards the final result so you still only get one vote.

How is a police and crime commissioner elected?

• If a candidate gets more than half of all the first choice votes, they will be declared the winner and elected a police and crime commissioner.

• If no candidate gets more than half of the first choice votes, the two candidates with the most first choices go into a second round and all other candidates are eliminated.

• The eliminated candidates’ ballot papers are reviewed and any second choice votes for the top two candidates are added to their scores. The candidate with the highest number of combined first and second choice votes is the winner.

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