UPDATED: Scunthorpe candidate said to be third favourite in race to become Humberside police commissioner
The candidate from Scunthorpe bidding to be elected Humberside's first Police and Crime Commissioner has revealed that he will need to secure thousands of votes to get the £5,000 deposit refunded.
In the election on November 15, Independent Neil Eyre, from Frodingham, will compete against Godfrey Bloom (UKIP), Simone Butterworth (Independent), Paul Davison (Independent), Matthew Grove (Conservative), Lord John Prescott (Labour) and Walter Sweeney (Independent) for the £75,000 a year role that will start from November 22.
Elections will take place on November 15.
"I really can't believe it," said Mr Eyre.
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"There is no way on God's green earth that I could have raised this kind of money without the generosity of friends, family and members of the general public."
He has long protested against the £5,000 deposit, seeing it as a barrier to many Independent candidates standing for the role.
In order to get the deposit back he will need to secure five per cent of the vote.
"I have worked out that if 20 per cent of the voters turn out, then it is 150,000 people," he said.
"To get five per cent I will need 7,500 votes.
Having been labelled as 'third favourite' by Look North, Mr Eyre is confident that if it goes down to the second votes then he will be in with a strong chance of winning.
"Everyone knows that to win you will have to beat (Lord) Prescott," he said.
"If I can get in the top two from the first choices and it goes to the second votes then I think I will be the man who will be in that role on November 22.
"If someone votes for a political party as their first choice, they aren't going to vote for another political party as their second choice, they will go for an Independent.
"If someone votes for an Independent party, then they will vote for another Independent as their second choice."
He will now be spending the four weeks prior to the elections visiting as many towns across the Humberside Police force area as he can.
He has been delighted with the response from the public in supporting him.
The people of North Lincolnshire can hear the candidates at a an event at the Baths Hall tomorrow - Tuesday, October 23.
However, North Lincolnshire Council has now asked us to make clear that this is NOT a public meeting.
The results of the election will be counted, verified and announced on Friday, November 16 at The Spa, Bridlington.