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), would be postponed for a year.
The elections will now be held in May 2021.
Following the announcement, the Commissioner said: “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.
“I am entirely focussed upon supporting Merseyside Police, their Chief Constable, staff and officers as they maintain their crucially important service. I also have a duty to maintain the community and voluntary services who respond to and support victims of crime across Merseyside. Now is the time to make sure that those who are most vulnerable in our society are protected.”
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.