Dyfed Powys Police Area – Police and Crime Commissioner Election 2021

The Police and Crime Commissioner election will be held on Thursday, 6th May 2021.

About the elections

Police and Crime Commissioners were created in England and Wales by the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, with the first Election held in 2012 and subsequently in 2016.

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Election was due to be held in May 2020, but was postponed due to the coronavirus.

In Wales there are four Police Areas, with each area electing a Police and Crime Commissioner. The four Welsh police areas are:

  • Dyfed Powys
  • Gwent
  • North Wales
  • South Wales.

The Dyfed Powys Police Area covers 5 voting areas and there’s a Local Returning Officer for each:

  • Carmarthenshire
  • Ceredigion
  • Pembrokeshire

The Role of the Police and Crime Commissioner

The Police and Crime Commissioner is responsible for:

  • Holding the Police Force to account
  • Appointing Chief Constables and dismissing them (if necessary)
  • Setting police budgets
  • Setting the amount of Council Tax people will pay towards policing
  • Setting out policing priorities for the local area
  • Overseeing how crime is tackled in the area and setting aims to ensure the police are providing a good service
  • Meeting and consulting the public regularly, to listen to their views on policing
  • Producing a Police and Crime Plan that sets out local policing priorities
  • Deciding how the budget will be spent.
Event Working days before poll (deadline if not midnight) Date (deadline if not midnight)

Publication of notice of election

Not later than 25 days

Not later than Monday 29 March

Delivery of nomination papers

Between the hours of 10am and 4pm on any day after the publication of the notice of election until 4pm on the 19th day before polling day

Between 10am and 4pm on any working day after publication of notice of election and until 4pm on Thursday 8 April

Deadline for delivery of nomination papers

19 days (4pm)

4pm on Thursday 8 April

Making objections to nomination papers

On 19 days (10am to 5pm), subject to the following:

Between 10 am – 12 noon objections can be made to all delivered nominations

Between 12 noon and 5pm objections can only be made to nominations delivered after 4pm, 20 days before the poll


Between 10am and 12 noon on Thursday 8 April objections can be made to all delivered nominations

Between 12 noon and 5pm on Thursday 8 April objections can only be made to nominations delivered after 4pm on Wednesday 7 April

Deadline for withdrawals

19 days (4pm)

4pm on Thursday 8 April

Deadline for the notification of appointment of election agent

19 days (4pm)

4pm on Thursday 8 April

Publication of first interim election notice of alteration

19 days


Thursday 8 April

Publication of statement of persons nominated

Not later than 18 days (4pm)

Not later than 4pm on Friday 9 April

Deadline for receiving applications for registration

12 days

Monday 19 April

Deadline for receiving new postal vote and postal proxy applications, and for changes to existing postal or proxy votes

11 days (5pm)

5pm on Tuesday 20 April

Deadline for receiving new applications to vote by proxy (not postal proxy or emergency proxies)

6 days (5pm)

5pm on Tuesday 27 April

Publication of second interim election notice of alteration

Between 18 days and 6 days

Between Friday 9 April and Tuesday 27 April (inclusive)

Publication of notice of poll

Not later than 6 days

Not later than Tuesday 27 April

Publication of final election notice of alteration

5 days

Wednesday 28 April

Deadline for notification of appointment of polling agents, counting agents and sub-agents

5 days

Wednesday 28 April

First date that electors can apply for a replacement for lost postal votes

4 days

Thursday 29 April

Polling day


0 (7am to 10pm)

7am to 10pm on Thursday 6 May

Last time that electors can apply for a replacement for spoilt or lost postal votes

0 (5pm)

5pm on Thursday 6 May

Deadline for emergency proxy applications

0 (5pm)

5pm on Thursday 6 May

Last time to alter the register due to clerical error or court appeal

0 (9pm)

9pm on Thursday 6 May

Eifion Evans is the Police Area Returning Officer for the Dyfed Powys Police Area for the May 2021 PCC Election and is responsible for the overall conduct of the PCC Election, including:

  • Liaising with Local Returning Officers in the Dyfed Powys Police Area
  • Publishing the notice of election
  • Administering the nomination process
  • Publishing the statement of persons nominated and notice of poll
  • Encouraging participation
  • Ensuring that the requirements as to the content of the candidates’ election addresses and the procedure for submitting those addresses are complied with
  • Collating and calculating the number of votes given for each candidate at the PCC election and calculating the result
  • Declaration of the result.

Each Local Returning Officer is responsible within their voting area for:

  • Encouraging participation
  • The provision of polling stations
  • The printing of ballot papers
  • The conduct of the poll
  • Appointing polling station staff
  • Managing the postal vote process
  • The verification and count in their voting area
  • Transmission of the local totals to the Police Area Returning Officer.

Information relating to eligible voters and the electoral systems can be found on our Police and Crime Commissioner Election webpage.

Candidates and Agents’ Briefing

The second Candidates and Agents’ Briefing Session will be held remotely on Wednesday, 17th March 2021 at 5.30pm.

For further information, please contact us by e-mail RRO-PARO@ceredigion.gov.uk

Police and Crime Commissioner Election Stakeholder letter

The Police Area Returning Officer has issued the Stakeholder letter outlining providing key information and relevant dates for the Police and Crime Commissioner Election on 6 May 2021.

The letter has also been sent to the press in the Dyfed Powys Police Area.

Nomination Papers

The Nomination Pack is available on the Electoral Commission website. Please note, there are different forms if you are standing as an independent candidate or a party candidate.

Guidance and resources for candidates and agents are also available on the same webpage.

Informal checks of Nomination Papers

We will be offering Candidates informal checks of your nomination papers. We strongly encourage informal checks.

To submit your nomination papers for an informal check, please scan or photograph your forms and e-mail to RRO-PARO@ceredigion.gov.uk

Submitting your Nomination Papers

Due to COVID-19, appointments must be made for submitting your Nomination Papers. Appointments will be available from Monday, 29 March 2021. The deadline for submitting your Nomination Papers is 4pm on 8 April 2021.

To book an appointment for submitting your Nomination Papers, please e-mail RRO-PARO@ceredigion.gov.uk

Candidates’ Election Address

An election address is a campaign statement that a candidate makes to persuade electors to vote for them at an election.

It is optional; however, if you do choose to have one then you must be aware of the rules. The Electoral Commission has a factsheet that will help you.

The deadline for submitting the election address is 12 noon on 8 April 2021 and should be submitted to RRO-PARO@ceredigion.gov.uk

Template for Candidates’ Election Address

Guidance on the content of the Candidates’ Election Address

Please ensure that you also provide a translation of your address.

The Candidates’ Election Address will be published on www.choosemypcc.org.uk on 15 April 2021.