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Police and Crime Commissioner Election 2021

On Thursday 6 May 2021, there will be an election for the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Bedfordshire.

Find out more about the roles and responsibilities of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Robin Porter will be the Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) for the PCC election in Bedfordshire. He is responsible for the coordination of the election across the whole of the county.

Philip Simpkins will be the Local Returning Officer (LRO) for Bedford Borough. He will have responsibility for overseeing arrangements in the Borough of Bedford.

Counting of the votes cast in Bedford Borough will take place at Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford on Friday 7 May 2021.

The LRO will make a declaration of votes cast in the Borough’s areas and the PARO will make the final declaration of the result for the whole of Bedfordshire.

Candidates briefings

Briefing for candidates and agents are being conducted by Luton Borough Council.

Please contact Sam Freer on 01582 546088 if you require any information about these briefing sessions.

Guidance for candidates and agents at Police and Crime Commissioner elections is available on the Electoral Commission website.

Deadlines for the PCC election

The deadline to register to vote for this election is Monday 19 April 2021.

The deadline to apply for a postal vote or to make a change to an existing postal or proxy vote is Tuesday 20 April 2021 at 5pm.

The deadline for new proxy vote applications is Tuesday 27 April 2021 at 5pm.

Working at the election

If you are interested in working as a Poll Clerk in a Polling Station within Bedford Borough, please complete the Election Staff Application Form and email it to