The date of the Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) election for England and Wales is the 5th May 2016. The term of office for the PCC is four years. The new term will run from the 12th May 2016 until May 2020. The term of the current PCC runs until 11th May 2015.

The overall responsibility for the conduct of the election will sit with the designated Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) for each police force area as set out in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011.

The Minister of State of the Cabinet Office has formally designated Blackburn with Darwen Council to provide the appropriate officer (Head of Paid Services) to conduct the 2016 PCC election for the police area of Lancashire.

Mr Harry Catherall, Chief Executive Officer, is the Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) and will discharge his duties in accordance with The Police and Crime Commissioner Elections Order 2012. Further information about the election can be viewed on the Blackburn with Darwen Council website. Additional information is also set out in The Police and Crime Commissioner Elections (Designation of Police Area Returning Officers Order) 2015.

To vote in a Police and Crime Commissioner Election, you must be over 18 and registered to vote.

Information on registering to vote can be found on the Electoral Commission's website. You can also find out more about elections and voting at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk Details of the candidates in the Lancashire Police & Crime Commissioner election 2016 will be published as they become available.

Questions about the electoral process should be directed to Blackburn with Darwen Council.

Key Dates for the PCC Election:

Thursday 24th March 2016 -Publication of the notice of election;
Thursday 5th May 2016 -Election Day;
Wednesday 11th May 2016 -Term of incumbent PCC ceases; and
Thursday 12th May 2016 -Newly or re-elected PCC takes office