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PCC hopeful Gurvinder Sandher urges public to vote in this May’s election

PUBLISHED: 10:14 07 April 2016 | UPDATED: 10:14 07 April 2016

Gurvinder Sandher

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Mr Sandher is standing as an independent candidate

Independent candidate for the police and crime commissioner Gurvinder Sandher has been visiting Kent’s public ahead of next month’s election.

Mr Sandher is running for the role, which aims to hold the police to account on behalf of the public.

And the current chair on a county-wide police advisory group is urging residents to vote.

2012’s election saw a turnout of just 16 per cent, with independent candidate Ann Barnes elected.

But as Mrs Barnes turned down the chance to run for office again, Mr Sandher put his name forward as an independent.

He said: “There is a view that party politics would have an impact on the independence of the police and lead to decisions based on politics and not on the issues of concern to members of the public.

“There continues to be a real desire from members of the public to see more visible policing working at the heart of our communities.”

Mr Sandher also works as the vice chair of the Kent Police and Crime Panel, who the PCC reports to as part of their job.

He said: “Many people I have spoken to do not understand the role of commissioner and that they will have a vote. Many people assume only the police can vote or that the polling cards dropping for their doors are for local government elections or the EU referendum. This is a concern some four years after the role was first created.”

“Regardless of which way people vote, I strongly believe that they should make an informed choice as the role of commissioner has the power to impact on everyone.”

The PCC election will be held on May 5.

The following have announced their intention to run:

Matthew Scott - Conservative

Steve Uncles - English Democrats

Gurvinder Sandher - Independent

Fergus Wilson - Independent

Tristan Osborne - Labour

Dave Naghi - Liberal Democrats

Henry Bolton - Ukip

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