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Police and Crime Commissioner elections

Forthcoming Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner election - 6 May 2021

The Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) election is scheduled to take place on Thursday 6 May 2021.  The Commissioner is accountable for how crime is tackled in their police force area, visit the Norfolk PCC website for more information.

Notices for the Norfolk Police & Crime Commissioner election will be published on this page on the dates indicated in the timetable below. 

View all notices for the PCC election on 6 May 2021.

Police Area Returning Officer

The overall responsibility for the conduct of the election sits with Trevor Holden, the designated Police Area Returning Officer Norfolk.  Broadland District Council has been designated the lead authority for the election.

Supplementary Voting System

Police and Crime Commissioner elections use the Supplementary Vote (SV) system.

The ballot paper will list the Police and Crime Commissioner candidates, with two columns for marking your first choice and second choice.

In the first column, you mark a cross [X] next to the candidate who is your first choice.  For your vote to be counted, you need to cast a first choice vote.

In the second column, you can mark a cross [X] next to the candidate who is your second choice. You do not have to mark a second choice.


For details about how you can vote, visit Different ways you can vote and COVID precautions at polling stations.

For details of where your polling station will be, please click here.

Candidates and agents

If you wish to stand as a candidate then you will need to submit your nomination paper by 4pm on 8 April 2021 to the Electoral Services Team, Broadland Council, Thorpe Lodge, 1 Yarmouth Road, Norwich, NR7 0DU. Nominations must be submitted in person and due to Covid restrictions, it will be necessary to book an appointment to hand in nominations. 

Guidance for candidates and agents has been provided by the Electoral Commission.

An online briefing for candidates and agents took place on Monday 22 March.  A copy of the slides and briefing note are now available to view

Election timetable
  • Publication of notice of election: Monday 29 March
  • Poll cards first issue despatch: Thursday 1 April
  • Delivery of nomination papers: between 10am and 4pm on any working day after publication of notice of election and until 4pm on Thursday 8 April
  • Deadline for submission of candidate’s election address: 12 noon on Thursday 8 April
  • Deadline for delivery of nomination papers: 4pm on Thursday 8 April
  • Publication of statement of persons nominated: not later than 4pm on Friday 9 April
  • Deadline for receiving applications to be added to the electoral register: Monday 19 April
  • Postal votes first issue despatch: Tuesday 20 April 
  • Deadline for receiving new postal vote and proxy postal applications, and for changes to existing postal or proxy votes: 5pm on Tuesday 20 April
  • Postal votes second issue despatch: Monday 26 April 
  • Poll cards second issue despatch: Tuesday 27 April
  • Deadline for receiving new applications to vote by proxy (not proxy postal or emergency proxy): 5pm on Tuesday 27 April
  • First time that electors can apply for emergency proxy: after 5pm on Tuesday 27 April
  • Publication of notice of poll: no later than Tuesday 27 April
  • Deadline for notification of appointment of polling agents, counting agents and sub agents: Wednesday 28 April
  • First date that electors can apply for replacement for lost postal votes: Thursday 29 April
  • Last time that electors can apply for replacement for last or spoilt postal votes: 5pm on Thursday 6 May
  • Deadline for emergency proxy applications: 5pm on Thursday 6 May
  • Polling day: 7am to 10pm on Thursday 6 May
The Count

The verification and count will take place at the Arena, Royal Norfolk Showground on the following dates:

Friday 7 May starting – verification for all elections (PCC, NCC and by-elections).  This is when the PCC ballot papers will be verified in order to ascertain the number of votes cast for this election.

Saturday 8 May – PCC count.  This is when the ballot papers are sorted and counted into votes for each candidate.  The count will be a two stage process due to the supplementary voting system.