Posted: Thu 28th Apr 2016

5th May Is Polling Day For The National Assembly For Wales

This article is old - Published: Thursday, Apr 28th, 2016

Polling Day for the National Assembly for Wales election and the Police and Crime Commissioner election for the Dyfed-Powys Force area is on Thursday, 5th May. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Voters in Pembrokeshire will be faced with three election ballot papers – two of them relating to the Assembly. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

One election ballot paper will be for their constituency – either Preseli Pembrokeshire or Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire. Another election ballot paper will be for the Assembly’s Mid and West Wales Electoral Region. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The third paper will be for the Police and Crime Commissioner election where voters will be asked cast two votes – one for their first choice candidate and another for their second choice. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The constituency ballot paper in Preseli Pembrokeshire will be magnolia in colour while in the Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire constituency it will be apricot coloured. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Voters are asked to identify their chosen candidate from the list of names by the use of a cross in the appropriate box on the ballot paper. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The second ballot paper – which is tan coloured – will decide which four candidates are elected to the Assembly from the regional list. From that list, electors will be asked to cast a vote for one party. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

While candidates from the constituencies will be elected on a ‘first past the post’ basis – as in a United Kingdom Parliamentary Election – those on the Regional List will be elected by proportional representation. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The third ballot paper – which is white – will elect a Police and Crime Commissioner for the Dyfed Powys Force area and voters will be casting two votes, one for their first choice candidate and another for their second choice, ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

If the elector chooses to cast just one vote, it should be made in the first choice column. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Voters are asked to bring their Polling Card with them to the polling station although this is not essential provided the individual is listed on the Register of Electors. Law dictates that only those on the Register are eligible to vote. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Polling stations will open at 7 am and close at 10 pm. There will be 78 polling stations in Preseli Pembrokeshire and 74 in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire manned by over 350 individuals. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Once the polling stations close a further 150 people will be involved in the counting of votes at Withybush, Haverfordwest. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The Welsh Assembly election votes will be counted overnight on Thursday, 5th May, while the Police and Crime Commissioner count will take place on Sunday, 8th May – as it will throughout the UK – with that result expected later in the evening. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Llanelli is the Regional Counting Centre for the Police and Crime Commissioner election in Wales. This means it will collate the results for the that election for the whole of Wales under the Regional Returning Officer, Mark James, Chief Executive of Carmarthenshire County Council. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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