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Leader of Lincolnshire County Council talks about importance of voting in upcoming Police and Crime Commissioner elections

A council leader writes about the importance of residents voting in upcoming elections.

Just like in any election, the upcoming vote for the role of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), is a very important one for Lincolnshire.

The PCC is responsible for bringing together a number of partner organisations that keep people safe, and to oversee policing locally.

Coun Martin Hill, leader of Lincolnshire County Council
Coun Martin Hill, leader of Lincolnshire County Council

The PCC should be the voice of the people and, importantly, hold police officers to account.

With a responsibility for the totality of policing, the PCC should be focused on cutting crime and delivering an effective and efficient service within their police force area.

That is why I would encourage everyone to make sure you are aware of what this important role means, who the candidates are for election on Thursday 2 May, and what they stand for.

Also in Grantham on the same day, there will be the first elections to the new parish council for Grantham.

At the end of last year, South Kesteven District Council agreed that the town should have its own council, as many other towns in the county do.

The first elections will see 22 councillors elected, with an initial term of office of three years. Grantham has previously had a town council, but not for 50 years, so the re-instating of this body will give more local representation for the area.

When you are going to vote, please make sure you don’t have a wasted trip to the polling stations - you will need to take photo ID with you.

Your poll card – which will be delivered to your home ahead of the election – will also tell you which polling station to vote at and you can only vote at the polling station listed on your card. You don’t have to take your poll card with you, just a valid form of photo ID.

To find out more about the local elections at www.electoralcommission.org.uk.

Will you be voting in the upcoming PCC elections? Let us know in the comments.

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