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Polling stations open for Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner election

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: November 15, 2012

  • It was a quiet start to the day's PCC voting at St Thomas Church Hall in Wells this morning

  • Pete Levy (Liberal Democrat)

  • Ken Maddock (Conservative)

  • Sue Mountstevens (Independent)

  • Dr John Savage (Labour)

  • Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner elections are being held today

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Polling stations across Somerset have opened this morning as residents get the chance to vote for who they want to be in charge of overseeing policing in the county.

Elections for the first Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) are taking place between 7am and 10pm today.

Results are expected to be announced tomorrow, and the new PCC will begin his or her new role on Thursday, November 22.

The new £85,000-a-year PCC will have wide ranging powers over policing and the criminal justice system in Somerset - including a mandate to hire or fire chief constables.

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PCCs will also set the force's priorities and oversee its budget.

The four candidates for Avon and Somerset are Pete Levy (Liberal Democrat), Ken Maddock (Conservative), Sue Mountstevens (Independent) and John Savage (Labour).

MEET THE CANDIDATES

Pete Levy (Liberal Democrat)

Ken Maddock (Conservative)

Sue Mountstevens (Independent)

Dr John Savage (Labour)

View the video below to see an online advert about the new Police and Crime Commissioner roles.

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