South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Election 2020 

The Police and Crime Commissioner elections which were due to take place on the 7th May 2020 have been postponed until May 2021.

 

The decision was taken by the Government following advice from medical experts in relation to the response to the Covid-19 virus and the advice of those delivering elections.

 

The publication of the Coronavirus Bill 2020 on 19 March 2020 proposes that the ordinary election that would otherwise, pursuant to section 50(1) of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 (ordinary election of police and crime commissioners), be held in 2020 is to be held instead in 2021 

 

 

Information, guidance and key dates for the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Election 

 

PCC Elections About the elections

 

Police and Crime Commissioners were created in England and Wales by the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, with the first Police and Crime Commissioner Elections taking place on 15 November 2012, followed by elections in May 2016 with the next PCC Elections being held on 7 May 2020.

 

The PCC Elections take place in 40 police force areas in England and Wales (excluding London and Manchester). Each area has one Police and Crime Commissioner for its police area.

 

In Wales, there are four police areas, with each area electing a Police and Crime Commissioner. The four Welsh police areas are:

 

  • Dyfed Powys

  • Gwent

  • North Wales

  • South Wales

 

The South Wales Police Area covers 7 voting areas: 

  • Bridgend

  • Cardiff

  • Merthyr Tydfil

  • Neath Port Talbot

  • Rhonda Cynon Taf

  • Swansea 

  • The Vale of Glamorgan 

 

With a Local Returning Officer appointed for each of the above voting areas.

 

Debbie Marles is the Police Area Returning Officer for the South Wales Police Area for the May 2020 PCC Elections, and is responsible for the overall conduct of the PCC election including:  

  • liaising with Local Returning Offices in the South Wales Police Area

  • giving notice of the Election

  • the nomination procedure

  • encouraging participation

  • ensuring that the requirements as to the content of the candidates’ election addresses and the procedures for submitting those addresses are complied with

  • the collation of local totals and calculation of the result

  • the declaration of the result

 

The Local Returning Officer is responsible within their voting area for:

  • ensuring the election is administered effectively 

  • the provisions of polling stations 

  • the printing of ballot papers

  • the conduct of the poll

  • appointing polling station staff 

  • managing the postal vote process

  • the verification and count in their voting area

  • transmission of the local totals to the Police Area Returning Officer

 

For further information about the role of a Police and Crime Commission please see www.southwalescommissioner.org.uk

 

The Role of the Police and Crime Commissioner

The Police and Crime Commissioner is responsible for:

  • Holding the Police Force to account

  • Appointing Chief Constables and dismissing them (if necessary)

  • Setting police budgets

  • Setting the amount of Council Tax people will pay towards policing

  • Setting out policing priorities for the local area

  • Overseeing how crime is tackled in the area and setting aims to ensure the police are providing a good service

  • Meeting and consulting the public regularly, to listen to their views on policing

  • Producing a police and crime plan that sets out local policing priorities

  • Deciding how the budget will be spent

 

Key dates

 

Key Dates

 EventWorking days before poll (deadline if not midnight)Date (deadline if not midnight)

Publication of notice of election

Not later than 25 days

 Not later than Tuesday 31 March

Delivery of nomination papers

Between the hours of 10am and 4pm on any day after the publication of the notice of election until 4pm on the nineteenth day before polling day

Between 10am and 4pm on any working day after publication of notice of election and until 4pm on Wednesday 8 April

Deadline for delivery of nomination papers

19 days (4pm)

4pm on Wednesday 8 April

Deadline for withdrawals

19 days (4pm)

4pm on Wednesday 8 April 

Deadline for the notification of appointment of election agent 

19 days (4pm)

4pm on Wednesday 8 April

Making objections to nomination papers 

On 19 days (10am to 5pm), subject to the following:

 

Between 10 am – 12 noon objections can be made to all delivered nominations


Between 12 noon and 5pm objections can only be made to nominations delivered after 4pm, 20 days before the poll

Between 10am and 12 noon on Wednesday 8 April objections can be made to all delivered nominations

 

Between 12 noon and 5pm on Wednesday 8 April objections can only be made to nominations delivered after 4pm on Tuesday 7 April

Publication of first interim election notice of alteration

19 days 

Wednesday 8 April

Publication of statement of persons nominated

Not later than 18 days (4pm)

Not later than 4pm on Thursday 9 April

Deadline for receiving applications for registration

12 days

Tuesday 21 April

Deadline for receiving new postal vote and postal proxy applications, and for changes to existing postal or proxy votes

11 days (5pm) 

5pm on Wednesday 22 April

Deadline for receiving new applications to vote by proxy (not postal proxy or emergency proxies)

6 days (5pm)

5pm on Wednesday 29 April

Publication of second interim election notice of alteration

Between 18 days and 6 days

Between Thursday 9 April and Wednesday 29 April (inclusive) 

Publication of notice of poll

Not later than 6 days 

Not later than Wednesday 29 April

Deadline for the notification of appointment of sub-agent

5 days

Thursday 30 April

Publication of final election notice of alteration

5 days

Thursday 30 April

Deadline for notification of appointment of polling agents, counting agents and sub-agents

5 days

Thursday 30 April

First date that electors can apply for a replacement for lost postal votes

4 days

Friday 1 May

Polling day

0 (7am to 10pm)

7am - 10pm on Thursday 7 May

Last time that electors can apply for a replacement for spoilt or lost postal votes

0 (5pm)

5pm on Thursday 7 May

Deadline for emergency proxy applications

0 (5pm)

5pm on Thursday 7 May

Last time to alter the register due to clerical error or court appeal

0 (9pm)

9pm on Thursday 7 May 

 

The electoral system

If there are two candidates standing at the election, the Police and Crime Commissioner is elected under the first-past-the-post electoral system, whereby the candidate with the most votes is elected. 

 

If there are more than two candidates, the Police and Crime Commissioner is elected under the supplementary vote system: 

  • A voter can vote for a first and second choice candidate they want to elect.

  • If a candidate obtains more than 50% of the first choice votes, they will be declared elected.

  • If no candidate obtains more than 50% of the first choice votes, all candidates except for those in first and second place are eliminated.

  • The ballot papers showing a first preference for one of the eliminated candidates are checked for their second preference.

  • Any second preference votes for the remaining two candidates are then added to their first preference votes and the candidate with the most votes is elected.

 

Election Process

Eligible Voters

To be eligible to vote in this election you must be:

  • registered to vote

  • 18 or over on the day of the election (‘polling day’)

  • a British, Irish, Commonwealth or EU citizen

  • resident at an address in England or Wales (excluding London)

  • not be legally excluded from voting

 

For more more information on who can vote, or to register to vote please visit the Electoral Commission website

 

  

Candidates and Agents Briefing

Date: Thursday 27 February at 18:00

Venue: Corporate Suite, Vale of Glamorgan Council, Civic Offices, Holton Road, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, CF63 4RU.

Informal checks of Nomination Papers

We are offering Candidates scheduled slots for informal checks of your nomination papers each day from Wednesday 1 April until Tuesday 7 April 2020 between the hours of 10am–12noon and 1pm–3pm.