The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) election for the Hampshire Police Force Area (which includes the Isle of Wight) were held on Thursday 15 November 2012.
The Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) for the PCC elections for the Hampshire is Mark Heath. He is responsible for the co-ordination of this election across Hampshire.
Local returning officers are responsible for queries regarding voter registration, postal votes and count arrangements in their area. Contact details for each local returning officer’s election team can be found further down the page.
For the most up to date guidance on these elections visit the Electoral Commission's website.
For more information on the role of Police and Crime Commissioner please see the APCC website.
The supplementary vote system
These elections used the supplementary vote system; Under this system voters were able to vote for a first and a second choice candidate.
If no candidate has more than 50 per cent of the first preference votes counted, the two candidates with the highest number of first preference votes go forward to a second round.
In the second round of counting, the second preference of the candidates not finishing first or second are counted and redistributed to the two candidates with the highest number of first preference votes.