PCC election reform will ensure outcomes always reflect voters’ views
Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) have welcomed a Government announcement that future elections for Mayors and PCCs will move to a First Past The Post system.
Chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners Marc Jones said: “Our members across the political spectrum applaud the Government’s commitment, following Part One of the PCC Review, to move future PCC elections to First Past The Post. It is our accountability at the ballot box that enables us to be an effective, connected, and credible voice for the public on policing and crime reduction.
“The current Supplementary Voting system is less well understood than First Past The Post and has an impact on the public’s willingness and ability to participate in PCC elections in an informed way. Adopting First Past The Post will ensure the outcomes of elections always accurately reflect voters’ views and preferences.
“In addition, we urge Government to extend the current term of office for PCCs and Mayors to four years, so that the next elections are held in May 2025. Our current three-year term from 2021 to 2024 is an anomaly brought about by the one year delay to the elections initially scheduled for 2020. A full four year term would ensure adequate time to consult on, produce, and deliver ambitious Police and Crime Plans on behalf of our communities.
"Furthermore, by aligning PCC elections to the local government cycle we increase turnout, while reducing the overall costs of local elections."