In the period prior to the election, this area of our website will contain information which may be useful to potential candidates and members of the public regarding the election process, the role of Police and Crime Commissioners, relevant key documents and information for prospective candidates.
Mark Heath of Southampton City Council has been appointed as the Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) for the 2024 Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) election. This means that Southampton will be responsible for the nomination process for candidates and all election specific enquiries should be directed to the elections team through the main email address PARO.Hampshire@Southampton.gov.uk
The list of candidates will be published at https://www.choosemypcc.org.uk.
If you want to vote in these elections you need to be registered to vote. Visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote for further information.
The pre-election period starts when the notice of election is published (21 March 2024) and runs up until the winner is announced either on May 2, or May 3.
The Code of Practice on Local Authority Resources prevents the use of public resources for party political purposes. Some key points relevant to the OPCC are:
- All public information about policing should be available equally to all candidates
- Our facilities cannot be used for party political purposes, this includes the use of rooms, buildings, IT equipment, telephones, photographs etc.
While it is business as usual it is also good practice not to announce significant new policies or plans during the pre-election period.