A quirk in the legislation for the Police and crime commissioner elections means that former Labour candidate Lee Barron will still appear on the ballot papers, despite announcing his decision to step down.
Election officials have said that as he missed a deadline to withdraw from the process a week ago, people will still be able to cast their vote for him, but he will be banned from taking the role of Northamptonshire’s police and crime commissioner, should he get the most votes.
Mr Barron revealed he was quitting the election on October 31, after it after committing a minor offence 22 years ago, in which he landed a £20 fine.
He said when he applied to stand in the election, he believed that offence would not invalidate his candidacy.
But a statement from election officials said: “The final date and time for withdrawal of candidature for this election was noon on the 16th working day before polling day which in this case fell on 24th October 2012.
“None of the five candidates who submitted nominations withdrew within the statutory deadline therefore we necessarily have five candidates for the Police and Crime Commissioner Election which will take place on 15 November.”