Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner election 2020

Elections will be held throughout Essex on Thursday 7 May to elect a Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for the county.


About the election

Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) are elected to make sure that local police meet the needs of the community. In Essex the PCC also oversees Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and so is called the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex.

All nomination queries for interested candidates/parties should be directed to the Police Authority Returning Officer, Adrian Pritchard at Colchester Borough Council.


Key dates

Poll cards: Poll cards will be sent out in early April

Close of nominations: Wednesday 8 April

Deadline for registering to vote: Tuesday 21 April (midnight).
If you are not already registered to vote, for example if you have recently moved house, and do not get a poll card by 13 April, you can Register to vote.

Deadline for new postal vote applications or to cancel existing ones: Wednesday 22 April at 5pm
Find out about postal votes.

Deadline for new proxy vote applications: Wednesday 29 April at 5pm
Find out about proxy votes.

Postal ballot papers will be sent out around 17 April by first class post.
For postal vote applications received from the 23 March, the postal ballot packs will not be posted until Friday 24 April. These will be sent by first class post.

Election day: Thursday 7 May 7am to 10pm

Count and declaration of results: The count will not take place until Sunday 10 May. The overall result for the new PFCC for Essex will be published by Colchester Borough Council.

Who can vote

To vote in a Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner election, you must be registered to vote, 18 years of age or over on polling day, and also be one of the following:

  • A British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of the European Union
  • Resident in the UK
  • Not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote

Find out more about who is eligible to vote


Notices will be published here in due course.


Additional information

► Icon for pdf Result of the election of the PCC for Essex on Thursday 5 May 2016 [49.8KB]

Police and Crime Commissioners - GOV.UK information

► What do Police and Crime Commissioners do? - The Electoral Commission 

Electoral Commission - guidance for voters