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Police and Crime Commissioner and Tees Valley Combined Authority Mayoral Elections - 6 May 2021

In 2021, elections will be held for a Police and Crime Commissioner for the Durham Police Area and a Mayor for the Tees Valley Combined Authority, for the next three years.

A By Election will also be held for the Red Hall and Lingfield Ward, following the resignation of Councillor Sam Howarth.

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC)

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; and
  • 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, however local arrangements for Darlington will be delegated to the Local Returning Officer.

Tees Valley Combined Authority Mayor (TVCA)

The TVCA was created in April 2016 and is a partnership of five authorities, namely Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees.  Further information on the role of the Mayor is available on the Tees Valley Combined Authority website.  

The election will be co-ordinated across the Tees Valley area by the Combined Authority Returning Officer (CARO), who is based at Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, however local arrangements for Darlington will be delegated to the Local Returning Officer.

All residents who are registered and eligible to vote at the TVCA Mayoral Election will receive a booklet on the role of the Mayor in advance of the election.

Please be assured that Polling Stations will be safe places in which to vote, and you will see many of the Covid-secure measures that you might see at supermarkets, banks, etc. Social distancing will be encouraged, and staff and electors will be expected to wear a face covering, unless medically exempt. Sanitising stations will be available, and regular cleaning of Polling Booths will take place throughout the day. A list of our Polling Stations can be found here

Election Timetable

Event

Date (and deadline if not midnight)

Publication of Notice of Election  Not later than Monday, 29 March 2021
Delivery of Poll Cards Not later than Monday, 29 March 2021

Delivery of Nomination Papers 

(Nomination Papers should be submitted to the PARO at Durham County Council in relation to the PCC Election, and to the CARO at Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council in relation to the Combined Authority Mayoral Election)

Between 10am and 4pm on any working day after publication of the Notice of Election, until 4pm on Thursday, 8 April 2021
Deadline for withdrawals 4pm, Thursday, 8 April 2021
Deadline for the notification of Appointment of Election Agent 4pm, Thursday, 8 April 2021
Making Objections to Nomination Papers 

Between 10am and 12 noon on Thursday, 8 April 2021, objections can be made to all delivered nominations.

Between 12 noon and 5pm on Thursday, 8 April 2021, objections can only be made to nominations delivered after 4pm on Wednesday, 7 April 2021.

Publication of first interim election Notice of Alteration  Thursday, 8 April 2021
Publication of Statement of Persons Nominated  Not later than 4pm on Friday, 9 April 2021
First Issue of Overseas Postal Votes (for those applications received before 30 March 2021) Thursday, 15 April 2021
Deadline for receiving applications for registration Monday, 19 April 2021
First issue of Postal Votes (for those applications received before 30 March 2021) Monday, 19 April 2021
Deadline for receiving new Postal Vote and Postal Proxy applications, and for changes to existing Postal or Proxy Votes 5pm, Tuesday, 20 April 2021
Second Issue of Postal Votes (for those applications received between 31 March 2021 and 20 April 2021) Sunday, 25 April 2021
Deadline for receiving new applications to vote by Proxy (not Postal Proxy or Emergency Proxies)  5pm, Tuesday, 27 April 2021
Publication of second interim election Notice of Alteration  Between Friday, 9 April and Tuesday, 27 April 2021 (inclusive)
Publication of Notice of Poll Not later than Tuesday, 27 April 2021
Publication of final election Notice of Alteration Wednesday, 28 April 2021
Deadline for notification of appointment of Polling and Counting Agents Wednesday, 28 April 2021
Notification of appointment of sub-agents Wednesday, 28 April 2021
First date that electors can apply for replacement for lost Postal Votes Thursday, 29 April 2021
Polling Day 7am to 10pm on Thursday, 6 May 2021
Deadline to apply for a replacement for spoilt or lost Postal Votes 5pm, Thursday, 6 May 2021
Deadline for Emergency Proxy applications  5pm, Thursday, 6 May 2021
Last point at which the Electoral Register can be altered due to a clerical error or court appeal 9pm, Thursday, 6 May 2021