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Lancashire police and crime commissioner election: Meet the candidates and how to vote

Posted on - 5th November, 2012 - 8:02am | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Lancashire Police, News, Politics

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The first ever police and crime commissioner for Lancashire will be elected on Thursday 15 November as the county goes to the polls.

Here we profile the four candidates seeking your votes and explain what the commissioner will be able to do.

The commissioner will have the power to appoint and dismiss the chief constable of the force, set the priorities of the local force, set the force budget and control the council tax charge covering the police.

They will serve a four-year term and be paid between £65,000 and £100,000 per year depending on the size of the police force.

How to vote

Polling stations across Lancashire will be open from 7am to 10pm on polling day. Postal votes, must be returned to the Local Returning Officer by 10pm on polling day otherwise they will not be counted.

Graham Burgess, police area returning officer for Lancashire, said: “In just two weeks voters will have the chance to elect their Police and Crime Commissioner. I encourage voters to check in advance where their polling station is and plan what time they intend to cast their vote. For those voting by post, it’s important to fill in your ballot paper privately and return it as soon as possible.”

Police and Crime Commissioners will be elected using the Supplementary Vote system. Voters should put a cross for their first and second choice candidates in their respective columns. As long as a cross is marked in the first choice column, then the vote will count.

Samantha Mills, head of campaigns at the Electoral Commission, said: “Every household should have received our booklet with information on what a Police and Crime Commissioner’s role involves, and how to complete the ballot paper. There is more information on our website, www.aboutmyvote.co.uk , or you can call our helpline on 0800 3 280 280.”

The candidates

Anwar Afzal, Liberal Democrats

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Tim Ashton, Conservatives

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Rob Drobny, UK Independence Party

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Clive Grunshaw, Labour

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What do you think about the election? Will you be voting? Let us know your views in the comments below

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