The list of candidates standing for election as the next Northumbria Area Police and Crime Commissioner has now been published.
The deadline for nominations closed on Thursday, April 7 at 4pm.
This years candidates are:
- Vera Baird, Labour Party.
- Stewart Thomas Hay, Conservative Party.
- Melanie Hurst, UK Independence Party (UKIP).
- Jonathan Charles Wallace, Liberal Democrat.
It is the second time that voters in the Northumbria Police force area have gone to the polls for a commissioner.
The first commissioner election was held in November 2012.
The election is being held as voters across the area also go to the polls for local government elections in Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, which is also holding a Mayoral Referendum; South Tyneside and Sunderland.
In Northumberland voters have a stand-alone election for the police commissioner.
There are more than 1 million (1,035,492) registered electors in the Northumbria Police Area, including more than 300,000 (323,155) postal voters.
Polling day is Thursday, May 5 with the result of the elections being announced in Sunderland on Friday, May 6.
The Northumbria Police Area Returning Officer, Sue Stanhope said: “If you want to vote at the local elections or the Police and Crime Commissioner election and are not already on the Electoral Register, you have until Monday, April 18 to apply.”
Anyone who has not yet registered to vote should contact their council’s Electoral Services team immediately or apply online here.