Time is running out to register to vote

Time is running out to make sure you have registered to vote for Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) on Thursday 5 May 2016.

All households should have recently received information confirming who is registered to vote at their address. Eligible voters who are not listed will need to register themselves by 18 April. If you have moved recently or are a first-time voter you will also need to register. This can be done by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Registering now also ensures eligible voters can vote in the European Referendum on Thursday 23 June 2016. Another benefit of registering can include improving your credit rating as credit reference agencies check the electoral register for address information.

The role of Police and Crime Commissioners started in November 2012 and they are responsible for holding the Chief Constable and the police force to account on the public's behalf, overseeing how crime is tackled in their area, and aiming to make sure the police are providing a good service. Information on all the candidates for Surrey will be published closer to polling day on www.choosemypcc.org.uk

John Jory, Chief Executive of Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, is the Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) responsible for the PCC elections in the Surrey police force area.

He said: "Anyone not yet registered to vote should do so as soon as possible so they can have their say on issues that affect their day-to-day lives. It only takes a few minutes to complete the form and register to vote online.”

For further information about the PCC election visit www.reigate-banstead.gov.uk/pccelection

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