Elections for Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) take place every four years. The Election was due to take place in 2020; however, due to COVID-19, these were postponed to 6th May 2021.

PCCs are elected representatives who oversee how crime is tackled in a police force area. Their aim is to cut crime and to ensure the police force is effective.

For more information regarding the election and about the candidates, visit www.choosemypcc.org.uk .

Ceredigion County Council is the lead authority – the Police Area Returning Officer (PARO), for the Dyfed-Powys Police Area, which covers Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys.

Police and Crime Commissioner elections use the Supplementary Vote (SV) system.

The ballot paper will list the PCC candidates, with two columns for marking your first choice and second choice.

In the first column, you mark a cross next to the candidate who is your first choice. For your vote to be counted, you need to cast a first choice vote.

In the second column, you can mark a cross next to the candidate who is your second choice. You don’t have to mark a second choice.

If only two candidates stand in the area, the election will use the first-past-the-post system. You can only vote for one candidate, by putting a cross [X] in the box next to your choice.

First stage count: Did one candidate get over 50% of the first choice vote across the police area? Yes, then the candidate with over 50% wins.  No, then proceed to second stage count.  Top two remain and second choice votes from eliminated candidates are added. Candidate with most first choice and second choice votes wins.

Each local authority will count their own votes and provide these to the PARO. Once all the results are collated, the PARO will declare who has been elected for the Dyfed Powys Police area and the result will be published on this website. This will be on Sunday, 9th May 2021.

For Police and Crime Commissioner Election, you must be:

  • Registered to vote. If you’re not already registered, visit gov.uk/register-to-vote
  • Eighteen or over on 6 May 2021.
  • A British, Irish, EU, or qualifying Commonwealth citizen*.

*A qualifying Commonwealth citizen is someone who has leave to enter or remain in the UK or does not require such leave. The list of qualifying countries, British Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories can be found on the Electoral Commission website.

Student voters – only for Police and Crime Commissioner Elections

Higher education students may be eligible to register to vote at both their home and university/college address if they are in two different local authority areas.

They can vote in local elections in both areas as they would be voting in two separate polls. They will need to consider whether to register to vote in both areas and whether to make postal or proxy vote applications as necessary. More details can be found on the Electoral Commission website - Students.

The following groups are legally excluded from voting in Wales:

  • A convicted person (though remand prisoners, as yet not convicted prisoners and civil prisoners can vote if they are on the electoral register).
  • Anyone found guilty within the previous five years of corrupt or illegal practices in connection with an election.

Registering to vote

  • The deadline for voter registration – 11:59pm on Monday 19 April.
  • If you are already registered to vote at your property and have not moved since, you do not need to re-register to vote
  • If you have moved home recently and have not registered to vote at your new address, you must do so by 11:59pm on Monday 19 April
  • You can check if you are registered to vote by contacting electoralservices@ceredgion.gov.uk
  • Register by Monday 19 April or you won’t be able to vote on Thursday 6 May.
  • It takes less three minutes to register online It helps to have your National Insurance number to hand, you can find it on your payslip, P60, or letters about tax, pensions and benefits.
  • Voters can also register at 01545 570881

Don’t leave registration until the last minute, just in case you have any problems.

  • Polling Stations open from 7.00am until 10.00pm on Polling Day – 6th May 2021
  • A full list of Polling Stations will be available shortly
  • COVID-19 measures at polling stations include:
    • Separate entrances and exits where possible
    • At all polling stations, a Door Manager will be in attendance to ensure that social distancing can be maintained at all times
    • Altered layouts to allow for social distancing when waiting to vote and when completing a ballot paper, but still ensuring electors can cast their vote in secret
    • Polling station staff wearing PPE
    • Voters asked to wear face covering where possible and use hand sanitiser when they enter the polling station
    • Voters encouraged to bring their own pen or pencil
    • Polling booths regularly sanitised.

These measures may mean electors have to wait for longer than usual to be able to cast their vote.

Busy times in polling stations often include 7.00am to 9.30am, lunchtime, 3.30pm to 4.30pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm.

Trying to avoid these peak times may mean voters have to wait for a shorter period of time. Anyone queuing to vote at a polling station before 10pm will still be able to vote.

  • The deadline to apply for a postal vote – 5.00pm on Tuesday 20 April.
  • Postal vote applicants must already be registered to vote. Forms can be downloaded from the Gov.UK website or telephone 01545 570881
  • Only postal votes which arrive back by 10.00pm on polling day will be counted.
  • Forgot to send your postal vote back in time? Completed and sealed postal vote packs can be dropped into any polling station in the same voting area on polling day, but ideally to your local polling station.
  • Lost your postal vote or it didn’t arrive? Replacement packs can be issued from Thursday 29 April until 5.00pm on 6th May 2021. From 5.00pm on 5th May 2021, replacement postal ballot packs will only be issued in person at Neuadd Cyngor Ceredigion, Penmorfa, Aberaeron, Ceredigion SA46 0PA.
    • Phone in advance if you require a replacement postal ballot pack
    • You will need to bring proof of identification: one photographic ID such as a passport or driving licence, or two pieces of ID which confirm your name and address such as a bank statement, utility bill or official letter.
  • The deadline to apply for a proxy vote – 5.00pm on Tuesday 27 April.
  • A proxy voter is someone you trust who you appoint to vote on your behalf.
  • You must already be registered to vote to make a proxy application. Forms and full details on eligibility can be found on the Electoral Commission website
  • Your proxy must be eligible to vote in the election and will need to be able to vote in person at your polling station, or need to apply to cast their proxy vote by post. They will receive a letter or poll card at their address giving them the necessary details.
  • Postal voters are not eligible to apply for a proxy vote.
  • Emergency proxy votes may be available from after the proxy deadline until 5.00pm on 6th May 2021 but only under specific extenuating circumstances, find details on the Electoral Commission website or 01545 570881

Emergency proxy votes may be available from after the proxy deadline until 5.00pm on 6th May 2021 but only under specific extenuating circumstances, find details on the Electoral Commission website or 01545 570881

For candidate and agent queries relating to the PCC election, please go to the Candidates and Agents page.