Police and Crime Commissioner Election 2016

Police and Crime Commissioner Election for the Durham Police Area - Declaration of Result of Poll

The Declaration of Result of Poll was made by the Police Area Returning Officer (PARO), who is based in Durham, and has been published on the Durham County Council website

Ron Hogg is duly elected as Police and Crime Commissioner for the Durham Police Area (which includes the Darlington area).

The Certificate of Result - Police and Crime Commissioner Election 5 May 2016 (PDF, 45kb) contains the results of the election held on 5 May 2016.

Result information for the Darlington area is detailed below.

Number of verified ballot papers 13862
Number of rejected ballot papers 323
Number of valid first preference papers 13539

The number of valid first preference votes cast (in the Darlington area) for each of the candidates is as follows:

Peter CUTHBERTSON  Conservative 4959
Ron HOGG Labour Party Candidate 7113
Craig MARTIN Liberal Democrat 1467

On Thursday, 5th May 2016, voters across the Borough went to the polls to elect a Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for the Durham Police area, which includes Darlington, for the next four years.

The PCC oversees the running of local police services and holds the Chief Constable to account on behalf of local people. The role involves:

  • Securing an efficient and effective police service within their area;
  • Setting the local budget, and raising the local policing precept from Council Tax;
  • Deciding what the key priorities should be for the police in their area, and publishing a Police and Crime Plan that reflects this;
  • The appointment, suspension and dismissal of the Chief Constable;
  • Publishing an Annual Report.

PCC's may stand for a political party, however, they are expected to represent all the people in their area impartially and are required to swear an 'Oath of Impartiality' before taking office.

The election will be co-ordinated across County Durham by the Police Area Returning Officer (PARO), who is based at Durham County Council website, however local arrangements for Darlington have been delegated to the local Election Team.

Please note: The Office of the Durham Police and Crime Commissioner have arranged a briefing for prospective candidates on Wednesday, 24th February 2016.

Candidates' election addresses for the elections are available on the Choose My PCC website together with a statement from each of the Candidates for the Durham Police Area.

A 'Statement of Persons Nominated' providing details of those nominated to stand for election was published on Friday, 8th April 2016

Key Dates

Monday, 18th April 2016, is the last date to register to vote in the PCC Elections. If your name is not on the Electoral Register by this date you will not be able to vote in this election. If you believe that you are not registered, you can register online (please note that you will need your Date of Birth and National Insurance Number). Alternatively, you can contact the Election Team on 01325 406444.

5pm, Tuesday, 19th April 2016, is the deadline to apply for a Postal Vote or a Postal Proxy Vote, or change or cancel an existing Postal Vote or Postal Proxy Vote, for the PCC Elections.

5pm, Tuesday, 26th April 2016, is the deadline to apply for a Proxy Vote (in person) for the PCC Elections. A Proxy Vote is when you nominate another person to vote on your behalf.

To obtain a Postal Vote, Postal Proxy Vote or a Proxy Vote (in person) contact the Election Team on 01325 406444. 

The timetable for the Police and Crime Commissioner Election 2016 is as follows:

Nomination Packs available (from the Police Area Returning Officer) Wednesday, 30th March 2016
Publication of Notice of Election Wednesday, 30th March 2016
Deadline for receipt of Nominations (by the Police Area Returning Officer) 4pm, Thursday, 7th April 2016  
Withdrawal of Candidates 4pm, Thursday, 7th April 2016 
Appointment of Election Agents 4pm, Thursday, 7th April 2016 
Publication of Notice of Election Agents 4pm, Thursday, 7th April 2016 
Publication of Statement of Persons Nominated 4pm, Friday, 8th April 2016 
Publication of Candidates' election addresses on the Choose My PCC website Monday 11 April 2016
Last Date for Registration  Monday, 18th April 2016
Deadline for receipt of Postal Vote and Postal Proxy Vote Applications  5pm, Tuesday, 19th April 2016 
Publication of the Notice of Poll and Situation of Polling Stations (Darlington) and Situation of Polling Stations (Durham) Tuesday, 26th April 2016 
Deadline for receipt of Proxy Vote Applications 5pm, Tuesday, 26th April 2016 
Appointment of Poll and Count Agents Wednesday, 27th April 2016 
Polling Stations across Darlington Open 7am, Thursday, 5th May 2016
Deadline for the receipt of Emergency Proxy Vote Applications  5pm, Thursday, 5th May 2016
Polling Stations across Darlington close 10pm, Thursday, 5th May 2016
Verification of Ballot Papers commences 10pm, Thursday, 5th May 2016
Count of Ballot Papers commences  Friday, 6th May 2016