The election of the Police and Crime Commissioner will take place on Thursday 15 November 2012, using the supplementary vote system.
The Police & Crime Commissioner Elections Order 2012 and the Police & Crime Commissioner Elections (Functions of Returning Officers) Regulations 2012 were laid before Parliament on 15 May 2012
The PCC is to be returned under the supplementary vote system, a voter is asked to indicate first and second preferences, if no candidate has 50 per cent of the first preference votes, the two candidates with the highest number of first preference votes proceed to a second round count.
In the second round of counting, ballots indicating a first preference for a candidate that lost the first round are reallocated according to the second preference indicated on the ballot paper.
Read more in our Election Factsheet
Candidates must give a £5,000 deposit when registering as a candidate, which they will get back if they receive more than 5% of the vote. To become a valid candidate, a person must be nominated by 100 people registered to vote in that police force area. Details of the eligibility requirements for prospective candidates can be found on the Home Office website.