The Cumbria Police Authority will be replaced by an elected Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) in November 2012.
On 15 November 2012 everyone in Cumbria who is eligible to vote will be invited to elect their first Commissioner.
The PCC will represent the public in policing Cumbria and hold the Chief Constable to account, in reducing crime and delivering an effective and efficient police service.
The new PCC, once elected, will hold office until May 2016 when a further election will take place. There will be 41 new PCCs elected across the country.
The Statement of Persons Nominated in Cumbria for the forthcoming PCC Election has now been published and is as follows:
Name Political Party
Jupe, Pru Liberal Democrat
Leonard, Patrick Labour Party Candidate
Rhodes, Richard David Walton The Conservative Party Candidate
Robinson, Mary Independent
Not only is the role of the PCC new, the voting system will be different too. The PCC elections will use ‘the supplementary vote system’. Voters will be asked to select their first and second preferences using two columns on the ballot paper. If no candidate gains over 50% of the first preference votes, the two top candidates from the first preference votes go forward to a second round when the second preference votes are counted.
If anyone needs to re-register to vote or would like a postal vote, or wish to change an existing postal or proxy vote, they must apply to their Electoral Registration Officer in their local authority area by 5pm on Wednesday 31 October 2012.
Applications for new proxy votes must be received by 5pm on 7 November 2012. Applications for proxy votes because of a medical emergency can be accepted after 7 November until 5pm on polling day, Thursday 15 November 2012.
All application forms can be obtained from the Electoral Registration Officer at the local authority where the applicant is registered to vote. Completed forms must be submitted to the same Electoral Registration Officer by the relevant date. The contact details of councils within the Cumbria Police Area are below:
Allerdale Borough Council - Electoral Registration Officer, Allerdale House, Workington CA14 3YJ
Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council - Electoral Registration Officer, Town Hall, Duke Street, Barrow-in-Furness LA14 2LD
Carlisle City Council - Electoral Registration Officer, Civic Centre, Carlisle CA3 8QG
Copeland Borough Council - Electoral Registration Officer, The Copeland Centre, Catherine Street, Whitehaven CA28 7SJ
Eden District Council – Electoral Registration Officer, Town Hall, Penrith CA11 7QF
South Lakeland District Council – Electoral Registration Officer, South Lakeland House, Lowther Street, Kendal LA9 4UQ