Results for the elections are available using the links below:
You can also download the first vote election results for Lancashire here.
For the first time ever, voters will elect a police and crime commissioner (PCC) who will be responsible for how crime is tackled in their area. PCCs will be elected by the public to hold Chief Constables and their forces to account, effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve. The first election will take place on Thursday November 15 with polls open between 7am to 10pm. Future elections will be every four years and from 2016 onwards they will be held on the first Thursday in May at the same time as the local elections.
There will be a different form of voting in these elections called supplementary voting, details of which can be found below.
What is the PCC?
The PCCs will be responsible for setting the police force's strategic priorities, cutting crime, appointing and, if necessary, dismissing the Chief Constable, and ensuring that policing is efficient and effective.
There are four official candidates in the Police & Crime Commissioner Elections for Lancashire Police Area. They are as follows:
- Afzal Anwar Liberal Democrat;
- Tim Ashton The Conservative Party Candidate;
- Rob Drobny UKIP;
- Clive Grunshaw Labour Party Candidate.
What is supplementary voting?
Voting will be by way of a simple majority system unless there are three or more candidates. If there are three or more candidates then the commissioner will be returned under the supplementary vote system.
There are two stages to the supplementary vote process.
The first preference votes are counted.
If a candidate receives more than 50% of these first preference votes then he or she is elected and a result is declared.
If no candidate receives more than 50% of the first preference votes then the two candidates with the highest number of votes go forward to stage 2.
The second preference votes are then checked for the eliminated candidate(s). Any second preference votes for the remaining two candidates are added to the votes they received in stage 1.
The candidate with the highest number of votes received after adding together the results from stages 1 and 2 is elected and a result is declared.
For more information on the supplementary voting system please see the Electoral Reform Society website.
What about my poll card or postal vote?
The Local Returning Officer will send you a poll card and if you have requested to vote by post, your postal vote will be sent directly to you at the beginning of November.
For any questions regarding your polling station or postal vote, please contact us on 01254 585920.
A guide to completing your postal voting pack can be watched below.
Am I registered to vote and how do I check?
The annual canvass for the Register of Electors began in Blackburn with Darwen on June 14 2012. You should ensure that you respond to the registration form sent to you as soon as possible. The next register will be published on Tuesday October 16 2012.
If you move during the annual canvass, you may still apply to register to vote up to Wednesday October 31 2012.
How can I find out more?
There is information available from:
Follow them on Twitter @LancsPCC or Facebook www.facebook.com/lancspcc
For more information or to discuss any points regarding standing for election please contact:
Electoral Services Office, Town Hall, Blackburn. BB1 7DY
Tel: 01254 585920 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org