24 March 2016

Last call for candidates

The closing date for nominations to stand as a candidate in the forthcoming  Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner elections is 4pm on Thursday 7 April. 

Prospective candidates should contact the Sussex Police Area Returning Officer before 7 April to discuss the nomination procedure and ensure they comply with the legal requirements.

Charles Lant, Returning Officer for this year’s Sussex PCC election, said: “The Police and Crime Commissioner is responsible for policing across Sussex.

“They bring a public voice to policing.  Their job is to ensure the policing needs of the public are met as effectively as possible and overseeing how crime is tackled by the police.

“A number of candidates have already come forward to stand in the 5 May elections. The role of Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner is open to anyone over 18 who is on the electoral roll of one of the districts or boroughs in East or West Sussex, or Brighton & Hove. There are certain jobs which disqualify you from standing including being a Police Officer, Police Community Support Officer, judge or an employee of a council in the Police Force area. You will not be allowed to stand if you have ever been convicted of an imprisonable offence. 

“Candidates will need to have the backing of 100 local electors and provide a £5,000 deposit before their nominations are accepted. If you are thinking of standing, please get in touch with me as soon as possible  by email at paro@wealden.gov.uk so I can go over the nomination procedure in detail.”

More information about the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner elections can be found the on the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner election pages of the Wealden website.