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One week left to register to vote in Kent Police and Crime Commissioner elections

PUBLISHED: 12:10 11 April 2016 | UPDATED: 12:33 11 April 2016

Ann Barnes, Kent Police and Crime Commissioner,

Ann Barnes, Kent Police and Crime Commissioner,

Ady Kerry

Six candidates are vying for the role

The people of Kent are being reminded to make sure they’re registered to vote in next month’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections.

The PCC ensures the policing needs of the community are met as effectively as possible, and oversees how crime is tackled in the area.

They are elected to hold the police force to account for delivering the kind of policing local people want to see.

Their aim is to cut crime and to ensure your police force is effective.

They bring a public voice to policing and do this by engaging with the public and victims of crime to help set police and crime plans, ensuring the police force budget is spent where it matters most, and

appointing, and where necessary dismissing, the chief constable.

However, the PCC does not ‘run’ the police force.

Chief constables continue to be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the police, but they are accountable to the public via the police and crime commissioner.

The county-wide election will be held on Thursday, May 5, and in order to vote you must be on the electoral register.

Abdool Kara, chief executive of Swale Borough Council, and local returning officer for the PCC election in the Swale area, said: “Following our annual canvass towards the end of last year, our electoral register is pretty much up to date, and we are one of few authorities that has managed to increase number on the register through the introduction of Individual Electoral Registration.

“All those on the register should have received a poll card by now.

“However, if you have moved in the last year, or are unsure whether you are registered, do get in touch to make sure you can vote in the forthcoming PCC election.

“Once you’re registered, you’ll also be able to vote in the European Referendum in June, if eligible.”

The deadline to be added to the electoral register is Monday, April 18, and you can register to vote online.

The six candidates vying for the role are as follows:

Henry Bolton (Ukip)

David Naghi (Liberal Democrat)

Tristan Osborne (Labour)

Gurvinder Sandher (Independent)

Matthew Scott (Conservative)

Steve Uncles (English Democrats)

For more information about the PCC election, visit www.kentparo.org.uk.

For more information about the role of the PCC visit www.choosemypcc.org.uk or call 0800 1 07 07 08.

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