Who will get your vote in the police and crime commissioner election?

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Four candidates have thrown their hats into the ring for the election of the next Police and Crime Commissioner in Lancashire.

Included in those is Clive Grunshaw, the current holder of the post. Representing the Labour Party he is facing competition from James Barker (UK Independent)Andy Pratt (Conservative) and Graham Roach (Lib Dem)

The police and crime commissioner has responsibility for governing Lancashire Constabulary and holding its chief constable to account.

Residents are reminded that there is a different form of voting in police and crime commissioner elections, called supplementary voting which has two stages to it.

In stage one first preference votes are counted. If a candidate receives more than 50% of the first preference votes, he or she is elected and a result is declared. If no candidate receives more than 50% of the first preference votes, the two candidates with the highest number of votes go forward to the second stage.

In stage two, second preference votes for the remaining two candidates are added to the votes they received in stage one. The candidate with the highest number of votes is then elected.

To vote for a new police and crime commissioner you must be registered by next Monday, (April 18th).

Further details are available from Ribble Valley Borough Council’s electoral registration team on 01200 414411 or gov.uk. ·