Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner election
Information about the next Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner elections.
The next Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner election will take place on Thursday 6 May 2021.
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner
The Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) is responsible for setting the strategic objectives for policing in Sussex. This includes setting and updating a police and crime plan, setting the force budget and precept, and appointing, and where necessary dismissing, the Chief Constable. The Police & Crime Panel will play a key role in scrutinising decisions made by the commissioner in connection to these responsibilities.
These arrangements are designed to increase transparency of the delivery of policing services and to give the public the ability to ensure their police are accountable. As such the Chief Constable of Sussex Police is accountable to the commissioner, and the commissioner is accountable to the electorate.
Police & Crime Commissioners are elected every four years.
For further information go to the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner website.
- Notice of Election
- Notice of Candidates’ Election Address Submission
- Election notices and statements of persons nominated
Sussex Police Area Returning Officer (PARO)
The Minister of State of the Cabinet Office has formally designated Brighton & Hove City Council to conduct the 2021 election for the Sussex police area.
Geoff Raw, Chief Executive, Brighton & Hove City Council is the Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) and will discharge his duties in accordance with The Police & Crime Commissioner Elections Order 2012.
Covid-19 safety measures
Across the Sussex Police Area, Local Returning Officers are putting arrangements in place to help you stay safe at the polling station. These include:
- requirements for staff and voters to wear face coverings (where they are able to)
- hand-sanitising stations on the way in and out of polling stations
- regular cleaning of polling booths and pencils
- social distancing of at least 2m
- queues outside to minimise interactions and keep you safe
- confirming the number of electors that can be safely allowed in each polling station at any time. Once at capacity a one in, one out policy will be in place
You can also choose to vote by post.
If you are considering voting by post, and not already registered, we strongly encourage you to apply now. This will make sure your application is processed early, and your postal vote can be sent to you earlier.
Timetable for the PCC Election 2021
The UK Government has postponed the elections scheduled for 7 May 2020 due to the current and emerging situation around COVID-19.
|Publication of notice of election||Monday 29 March|
|Delivery of nomination papers||Between 10am and 4pm on any working day from Tuesday 30 March until 4pm on Thursday 8 April|
|Deadline for delivery of nomination papers||4pm on Thursday 8 April|
|Deadline for withdrawals||4pm on Thursday 8 April|
|Deadline for the notification of appointment of election agent||4pm on Thursday 8 April|
|Making objections to nomination papers||Between 10am and 12 noon on Thursday 8 April objections can be made to all delivered nominations
Between 12 noon and 5pm on Thursday 8 April objections can only be made to nominations delivered after 4pm on Wednesday 7 April
|Publication of statement of persons nominated||Not later than 4pm on Friday 9 April|
|Deadline for receiving applications for registration||11:59pm on Monday 19 April|
|Deadline for receiving new postal vote and postal proxy applications, and for changes to existing postal or proxy votes||5pm on Tuesday 20 April|
|Deadline for receiving new applications to vote by proxy (not postal proxy or emergency proxies)||5pm on Tuesday 27 April|
|Publication of notice of poll||Not later than Tuesday 27 April|
|Deadline for the notification of appointment of sub-agent||Wednesday 28 April|
|Deadline for notification of appointment of polling agents, counting agents and sub-agents||Wednesday 28 April|
|First date that electors can apply for a replacement for lost postal votes||Thursday 29 April|
|Polling day||7am to 10pm on Thursday 6 May|
|Last time that electors can apply for a replacement for spoilt or lost postal votes||5pm on Thursday 6 May|
|Deadline for emergency proxy applications||5pm on Thursday 6 May|
|Last time to alter the register due to clerical error or court appeal||9pm on Thursday 6 May|
|Count and declaration of result||From 9am on Monday 10 May|
|Term of incumbent PCC ceases||Wednesday 12 May|
|Newly or re-elected PCC takes office||Thursday 13 May|
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner candidates
You can find further information on the Police & Crime Commissioner candidates standing for election in the Sussex Police Area on the Choose My PCC website from 15 April.