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Chesterfield residents are urged to vote in the first police and crime commissioner elections this year.

Voters will receive their electoral registrations forms through the post earlier to ensure the electoral register is up-to-date, ahead of the November 15 elections.

For the first time, elected police and crime commissioners (PCCs) will give the public a direct say in policing in their area. The PCC will hold police forces and chief constables to account. PCCs will set local policing priorities and decide how your council tax is spent on crime and policing issues.

Chesterfield residents are being encouraged to complete their registration form and return it promptly to ensure they can have their say this November.

Residents who don’t receive their form can contact the elections team on 01246 345402 or print one off at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk .

Huw Bowen, electoral registration officer for Chesterfield Borough Council, said: “Registering to vote is quick and simple. All you have to do is update the annual canvass form with details of everyone who lives in the household and is eligible to vote; and return it to us as soon as possible. These are new elections. If you want your say, you must ensure you’re registered to vote.”

For more information, contact your local Electoral Registration Officer on Tel: 01246 345402 For more information on Police and Crime Commissioners visit: http://policeauthority.derbyshire.police.uk