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Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Are you ready for the first Police and Crime Commissioner elections?

 

Voters across Cheshire, Warrington and Halton are being reminded to use their vote in the first Police and Crime Commissioner elections taking place on Thursday, November 15.

For the first time, the public will be able to vote for a local police and crime commissioner (PCC). This is a new role and the job of the PCC will be to oversee the police and ensure they are prioritising what matters to the public. Elections will be taking place in England and Wales, excluding London.

In the Cheshire Police Area, which covers Cheshire, Warrington and Halton, there are five candidates standing for election. To find out who the candidates are and other useful information to help you in making your choice, visit www.choosemypcc.org.uk.

If you do not have access to the internet, you can call 0800 1 070708 and request that information about candidates be posted out to you.

David Parr is the Police Area Returning Officer for Cheshire, it is his job to coordinate the election across the area, he says: “Using your vote in these, and any other election, is really important. By using your vote, you are making sure that your opinion is heard.

“Some people are quick to complain when they disagree with things that happen in their local community, but if you don’t vote, you’ll never change anything.”

Like a local, or general election, polling hours on November 15 will be between 7am – 10pm. Your polling station's location will be on the poll card that will have been delivered to you, if you have registered to vote. Alternatively, contact your local elections office on: 0300 123 5016.

Votes will be counted on Friday, November 16, with the full result available at: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk

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