£5k deposit puts independents off standing for police role
INDEPENDENT candidates hoping to take charge of the county's police force are being invited to an information briefing.
It follows criticism that the high campaigning costs and a hefty £5,000 deposit are restricting the race to become Staffordshire's police and crime commissioner to only major political parties.
The briefing at Stoke-on-Trent City Council's Civic Centre next week will offer advice on how to register as a candidate, full details of the election timetable, as well as rules on campaign spending.
Candidates are required to place a deposit of £5,000 to stand for the role – 10 times the amount stipulated in parliamentary elections – which is only refunded if they poll at least five per cent of the total vote.
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Currently only the Conservatives and Labour have confirmed they are standing in Staffordshire, represented by councillors Matthew Ellis and Joy Garner respectively.
Paul Hackney, returning officer for the elections in Staffordshire, said: "We know there may be people thinking of being a candidate in the elections. This briefing will help people understand the process and get a clearer idea of what to expect if they do become a candidate or agent for the elections.
"I'd encourage anyone who is interested to get in touch and come along to the briefing session."
Elected commissioners will replace police authorities made up of councillors and community leaders; taking responsibility for each force's budget and priorities.
The information session takes place at 10am on Thursday, September 27. Elections for the new role will be held on November 15.