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Who’s standing for election on 2 May?

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An election for the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner is taking place in Chelmsford on Thursday 2 May.

The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC) will make sure that Essex Police and Essex County Fire and Rescue Service meet the needs of the community.

The candidates are:

  • Adam Daniel Fox – Labour and Co-operative Party
  • Kieron Anthony Franks – Liberal Democrat
  • Roger Charles Hirst – The Conservative Party Candidate
  • Robin Charles William Tilbrook – English Democrats "More Police - catching criminals!"

To find out more information about each candidate, look out for their campaigns in your local community and on social media.

On arrival at your local polling station on 2 May, you’ll be given a ballot paper to vote for one candidate. Anyone registered to vote will have already received their poll card in the post. The poll card will say where your polling station is.

If you are not registered to vote or have moved house since the last election, you have until Tuesday 16 April 2024 to register to vote. It only takes five minutes to apply.

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Don’t forget to bring photo ID to vote

Voters will need to show photographic ID to vote in the election.

Make sure you check in advance that you have a form of ID that will be accepted.

Some of the accepted photographic IDs include:

  • a UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Commonwealth passport
  • a UK or EEA drivers’ licence
  • some concessionary travel passes, such as an older person’s bus pass or an Oyster 60+ card.

Voters will be able to use expired ID if they are still recognisable from the photo.

If you haven’t got photo ID (or no longer look like the photo, or the name on your ID is different to your name on the electoral register), you can apply for a voter ID certificate. Apply by Wednesday 24 April.

The full list of accepted ID is available on the Electoral Commission’s website, along with details of how to apply for the free ID. Visit electoralcommission.org.uk/voterID.

Postal and proxy vote deadlines

If you want to vote by post, you need to apply for a postal vote by 5pm on Wednesday 17 April. Postal packs will be sent to the address requested approximately three weeks before the election day.

If you need a proxy vote (someone else to vote on your behalf), you need to apply by Wednesday 24 April.

Find out more about the upcoming election, including how to vote, on Chelmsford City Council’s website. This is your opportunity to choose who you want to represent you in your community.

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Charlotte Maltby
Charlotte Maltby

Charlotte writes about the environment, parks, recycling, business, planning, public realm and democratic services.