Residents across the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area will be able to have their say on who becomes Somerset’s next Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) on Thursday 5th May.

The Police and Crime Commissioner, who is elected for a four-year term, is responsible for holding the Chief Constable and police force to account on behalf of the public.

The list of candidates standing for election as PCC in the Avon and Somerset Police Area will be announced on Friday 8th April.

Residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area can vote in the election if they are registered to vote, are 18 or over on 5th May 2016, and are a British citizen; a European citizen; a Commonwealth citizen who has leave to remain in the UK or who does not require such leave.

British citizens living overseas and registered to vote as overseas electors are not entitled to vote in these elections (unless they are Crown servants or service voters).

If you are not yet registered at your current address, it’s quick and easy to do so online at Have your National Insurance number handy. You must be registered to vote by Monday 18th April.

If you are interested in standing as a PCC candidate, the Police Area Returning Officer, who has responsibility for the administration of the election in the Avon and Somerset Police Area, will hold a briefing for prospective candidates and agents in the Guildhall, High Street, Bath BA1 5AW at 2pm on Monday 21st March.

Information and advice, including the forms you need to complete and a timetable of events, can be found on the PCC 2016 election website here.