The Police Commissioner is elected every four years by the people of Merseyside.
In light of the global Coronavirus pandemic, on 13th March 2020 the UK government announced that local elections, including those for Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs), planned for 7th May 2020 would be postponed for a year.
The elections will now be held in May 2021.
Due to the spread of the Corona Virus COVID-19 the government has cancelled the election for a new PCC, postponing it until May 2021 and consequently extending the term of office of sitting PCCs by one year.
This is a genuine national crisis, and although I had made plans to retire to private life in May, I will do what is needed to provide continuity and stability for both Merseyside Police and the communities we serve.
The decision to postpone the election was taken following advice from the Government’s medical experts in relation to the response to the Covid-19 virus and the advice of those delivering elections.
Legislation will now be brought forward to postpone the elections for 12 months.
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.
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has no role in organising the election, or in circulating information about the candidates.