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Police and Crime Commissioner elections

On this page, you will find all of our guidance and resources for Returning Officers administering a Police and Crime Commissioner election being held on 5 May 2016. 

You will also find our guidance and resources for those administering a combined Police and Crime Commissioner and local government election in England on 5 May 2016.

These pages do not cover guidance for Returning Officers who are administering a combined National Assembly for Wales and Police and Crime Commissioner election.  For guidance on administering a combined National Assembly for Wales and Police and Crime Commissioner election, please click here.

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Guidance on these pages is being updated for polls on 5 May 2016.  If you have any questions, please contact your local Commission team.

Part B

Planning and organisation

This part covers:

  • Planning (including the identification and training of staff, the selection and booking of venues and management of contractors and suppliers)
  • How to maintain the integrity of the election
  • Raising awareness
  • Access to proceedings by electoral observers and Commission representatives

Part B: Planning and organisation - stand alone Police and Crime Commissioner elections (PDF)

Part B: Planning and organisation - combined Police and Crime Commissioner elections and local government elections in England (PDF)

Part C

Administering the poll

This part covers:

  • The local Returning Officer's role in providing local information to candidates
  • The production of notices, poll cards and ballot papers
  • Polling station voting

Part C: Administering the poll - standalone Police and Crime Commissioner elections (PDF)

Part C: Administering the poll - combined Police and Crime Commissioner elections and local government elections in England (PDF)

Click here to view resources for Part C: Administering the poll

Part D

Absent voting

This part covers:

  • The absent voting timetable
  • Proxy voting
  • Preparations for absent voting processes and the production of stationery
  • Procedures for the issue, receipt and opening of postal votes

Part D: Absent voting - standalone Police and Crime Commissioner elections (PDF)

Part D: Absent voting - combined Police and Crime Commissioner elections and local government elections in England (PDF)

Part E

Verifying and counting the votes

This part covers:

  • The principles for an effective verification and count
  • Preparations for the count
  • Managing the verification and count
  • Verification and count procedures

Part E: Verifying and counting the votes - standalone Police and Crime Commissioner elections (PDF)

Part E: Verifying and counting the votes - combined Police and Crime Commissioner elections and local government elections in England (PDF)

Part F

After the declaration of result

PAROs guidance

Guidance for Police Area Returning Officers

This part covers:

  • Police Area Returning Officer's role, responsibilities and knowledge
  • Our guidance and performance standards for Police Area Returning Officers

Planning guidance for Police Area Returning Officers (PDF)

Guidance for Police Area Returning Officers - Delivery of key processes (PDF)

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