The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 replaced all Police Authorities with directly elected Police and Crime Commissioners (PCC), with the aim of improving police accountability. One is elected to represent Essex every four years, the next election is to be held in May 2020.
What voting system is used?
The supplementary vote system is used to elect PCCs, where voters are asked to indicate a first and second preference. There is two stages of counting the votes:
- Stage one - The first preference votes are counted in each local authority in Essex. These votes are added together and if a candidate receives more than 50% of these first preference votes then he or she is elected and a result is declared. If no candidate receives more than 50% of the first preference votes then the two candidates with the highest number of votes go forward to stage two and all the other candidates are eliminated.
- Stage two - The second preference votes of the ballot papers of the eliminated candidates are counted and any 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 received after adding together the results from stages one and two is elected and a result is declared.
Election of Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex - 5 May 2016 Results
Essex's PCC election is carried out by each of the fourteen local authorities. The counts took place on Friday 6 May 2016. The count result from all fourteen authorities were then be pooled and the new PCC for Essex was declared.
Roger Hirst was officially sworn in as the new Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex on Friday, 6 May 2016.
Election of Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex - 5 May 2016 Harlow Results
|Name||Description (if any)||Number of first preference votes in Harlow voting area|
|Roger HIRST||The Conservative Party Candidate||5,685|
|Kevin Michael Peter MCNAMARA||Liberal Democrat||870|
|Bob SPINK||UK Independence Party (UKIP)||3,671|
|Martin William TERRY||Zero Tolerance Policing ex Chief||1,642|
|Chris VINCE||Labour Party||6,571|
|The number of ballot papers rejected was as follows:||Number of ballot papers|
|Want of official mark||0|
|Giving more than one candidate a first preference vote||208|
|Writing or mark by which the voter could be identified||2|
|Unmarked as to the first preference||302|
|Void for uncertainty as to the first preference vote||62|
|Name||Description (if any)||Number of second preference votes in Harlow voting area|
|Roger HIRST||The Conservative Party Candidate||1,268|
|Bob SPINK||UK Independence Party (UKIP)||1,317|
|Second preference votes for other candidates||n/a||4,345|
|The number of ballot papers rejected on second preference was as follows:||Number of ballot papers|
|Want of official mark||0|
|Giving more than one candidate a second preference vote||5|
|Writing or mark by which the voter could be identified||0|
|Unmarked as to the second preference||1,147|
|Void for uncertainty as to the first preference vote||1,001|