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Residents urged to vote for new Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner

North Yorkshire residents are being urged to have their say on who represents them as Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.

North Yorkshire residents are being urged to have their say on who represents them as Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner. Polling cards are being issued this week for the by-election which takes place on 25th November. The Police Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC) is an elected representative who oversees the North Yorkshire police force and fire service area. Details about who is standing can be found here: www.choosemypcc.org.uk/area/north-yorkshire. The new commissioner will replace Philip Allott, who resigned following a backlash about his comments on the murder of Sarah Everard. Janet Waggott, Police Area Returning Officer (PARO), said:

“Polling cards will be arriving shortly, and I urge all our residents to take this opportunity to have their say on who is elected to this role. “Covid remains an important consideration and we’re putting arrangements in place to help you stay safe at the polling station; such as hand sanitiser and face masks. Residents should be reassured that voting in these elections will take place in a Covid-safe environment.”
There will be additional provisions at polling stations in order to make them Covid secure for voters and staff. Polling station staff will be issued with additional safety equipment such as screens, masks and hand sanitizer. Social distancing and mask wearing will be encouraged, and some additional signage will also be in place to guide voters around the polling stations in a safe manner. If you have Covid symptoms you should not visit a polling station. The deadline to register to vote in this election is Tuesday 9 November 2021. You can register to vote online here: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote  The deadline to apply to vote by post is 5.00pm, Wednesday 10 November 2021. To apply to vote by proxy, the deadline is 5.00pm, Wednesday 17 November 2021. You can download the application form on our website. Read more local stories from Your Harrogate here.

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