The government has said that elections for regional Police and Crime Commissioners WILL take place in May. The elections were cancelled last year as a result of the pandemic.
Locally Commissioner Julia Mulligan continued in office for another year. She had already been de-selected as a candidate by the Conservative Party.
Details of the governments plan can be read here. They indicate how processes will change in order to avoid the spread of infections.
Although electors can still vote in person, most are expected to take advantage of the option of using a postal vote. There will also be a last minute option for anyone to appoint a proxy to vote on their behalf if they are tested positive for COVID-19.
There is a requirement for everyone participating in the process to wear a face mask.
The government has controversially instructed candidates and their supporters not to leaflet or canvass for support. They will be able to use “on line” publicity and – paid for – deliveries using approved suppliers such as Royal Mail. Whether candidates will be able to afford to use that option is another matter.
Only 1 in 5 electors actually voted when PCCs last went to the polls in 2016.
The post may be abolished anyway within the next 2 years if the government presses ahead with its plan to replace them with “elected mayors”.
Some are betting that this poll will attract a record low turnout!