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Friday, July 27, 2012

Details revealed of North Wales police commissioner election

On the 15 November 2012, for the first time ever, voters across England and Wales will elect Police and Crime Commissioners who will be accountable for how crime is tackled in their police force area.
The Chief Executive of Flintshire County Council, Colin Everett, has been appointed as the Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) for the Police & Crime Commissioners Elections (North Wales Area). This means that he is responsible for the overall conduct of the election in the North Wales area. He has appointed Gareth Owens, Head of Legal and Democratic Services to act as Deputy Police Area Returning Officer.
Along with Flintshire, there are five other Authorities in the North Wales area, namely Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire, Gwynedd and Wrexham. The Local Returning Officers for these areas are list below:-
Richard Parry Jones Anglesey County Council
Iwan Davies Conwy County Borough Council
Mohammed Mehmet Denbighshire County Council
Colin Everett Flintshire County Council
Dilys Phillips Gwynedd Council
Helen Paterson Wrexham County Borough Council
The method of voting to be used in these elections is called 'Supplementary Voting', where each eligible elector can vote for up to two candidates, by marking their ballot paper once in each of two columns. Full details of how this system will work is outlined on the Home Office website.
The number of votes cast will be verified on the evening of Thursday 15 November, and the counting of votes will take place the following day.
More information
For more information about this new type of election, how to stand as a candidate, how votes will be counted, etc., please visit the Home Office website – link below.
www.homeoffice.gov.uk/police/police-crime-commissioners
Further information is also available on the North Wales Police Authority website - link below.
www.nwalespa.org
The Electoral Commission has also produced guidance for candidates and agents. Please visit the Electoral Commission website – link below
www.electoralcommission.org.uk
For specific queries regarding registration, eligibility to vote, and postal/proxy voting, you should contact your local Elections Team at …………………………………………..
Further information will be published over the next few months

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