Senedd Cymru Election 2021

The Senedd Elections will be held on Thursday, 6th May 2021.

About the elections

Elections for the Senedd Cymru/Welsh Parliament take place every five years.

There are 60 elected Members of the Senedd (MSs) and you are represented by five of them. One MS represents your Senedd constituency (Ceredigion) and the other four all represent your region (Mid and West Wales).

The Senedd Cymru/Welsh Parliament represents the people of Wales. It has the power to make decisions in the following areas:

  • agriculture, fisheries, forestry, and rural development
  • ancient monuments and historic buildings
  • culture
  • economic development
  • education and training
  • the environment
  • fire and rescue services
  • health and health services
  • highways and transport
  • housing
  • industry
  • local government
  • public administration
  • social welfare
  • sport and recreation
  • tourism
  • town and country planning
  • water and flood defence
  • the Welsh language

The Senedd Cymru/Welsh Parliament can make laws in these areas, known as Parliament Bills. These laws are unique to Wales and will reflect the specific needs and concerns of people in Wales.

The UK Government retains control of certain public services and areas of legislation, such as responsibilities for the police service, social security and employment.

Ceredigion Constituency

In the constituency ballot, you choose the candidate you want to represent you directly.

This Constituency follows the boundary of the County of Ceredigion.

The Constituency Returning Officer is Eifion Evans, Ceredigion County Council and is responsible for:

  • Publication of the notice of election
  • administration of the nomination process
  • Encouraging participation
  • Publication of the statement of persons nominated and the notice of poll
  • Provision and equipment of polling stations
  • Appointment of polling station staff
  • Conduct of the poll
  • Management of the postal vote process
  • Verification and counting of the votes for both the constituency contest and that part of the regional contest that falls within the constituency
  • declaration of the constituency result
  • Transmission of both contest results to the RRO

Mid and West Wales Region

The Mid and West Wales Region includes the following Constituencies within 5 Counties:

  • Brecon and Radnorshire
  • Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
  • Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire
  • Ceredigion
  • Dwyfor Meirionnydd
  • Llanelli
  • Montgomeryshire
  • Preseli Pembrokeshire.

Eifion Evans is the Regional Returning Officer for the Mid and West Wales Region for the May 2021 Election and is therefore responsible for the overall conduct of the Regional Election, including:

  • Liaising with Constituency Returning Officers in the Mid and West Wales Region
  • Publishing the notice of election
  • Administering the nomination process
  • Publication of the statement of persons and parties nominated and the notice of poll
  • Encouraging participation
  • Collating and calculating the number of votes given for each individual candidate and political party in the regional election and calculation of the allocation of seats for the electoral region
  • Declaration of the regional result.

For the Regional Election, each Constituency 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 Regional Returning Officer.

 

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

Publication of statement of persons nominated, including notice of poll and situation of polling stations

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 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

Information relating to eligible voters and the electoral systems can be found on our Senedd Cymru Elections webpage

Candidates and Agents’ Briefing (Constituency and Regional Election)

The second Candidates and Agents’ Briefing Session will be held remotely on Thursday, 18th March 2021 at 5.30pm.

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

Nomination pack

The Nomination Pack is available on the Electoral Commission website Please note, there are different forms if you are standing as a Constituency Candidate or standing at the Regional Election. If you are standing at the Regional Election, there are also different forms if you are a regional party list candidate or an individual 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 and Parties 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

Guidance and resources for candidates and their agents (Constituency and Regional Election)

The Electoral Commission has information that would be useful to you if are thinking of standing in the election.

More information will follow shortly in relation to the nomination pack, postal opening sessions, verification and count procedures etc.