The Welsh Assembly Election and Police and Crime Commissioner Election will be held on Thursday 5th May 2016. Our FAQ on these elections should answer any queries you have.
Over 90 polling station will be open throughout Monmouthshire between 7am and 10pm on the 5th May 2016 to enable you to cast your vote however you must be included on the electoral roll to cast your vote. Every elector registered on the electoral roll who is eligible to vote will be sent a poll card which will tell you which polling station you are allocated to and how to cast your vote. You should receive your poll card in early April 2016, if you do not receive your poll card then contact us on 01633 644212 to ensure you are registered.
If you want to vote at this election you must register to vote. Please register now you have not already done as soon it will be too late. Applications to register must be received by 18th April 2016. More information on registering on the electoral roll and individual electoral registration is available.
Voting by Post or Proxy
If you are not going to be able to visit a polling station on polling day to cast your vote then you can make alternative arrangements to vote by post or proxy (where someone is appointed to vote on your behalf). More information on voting by post or proxy including application forms is available or alternatively you can contact the elections office on 01633 644212 or email email@example.com. Postal votes will be dispatched around the 22nd April 2016 so you will need to consider if you are able to receive and return the postal vote particularly if you will be on holiday.
Applications for voting by post must be submitted accurately by 5pm on the 19th April 2016.
Applications for voting by proxy must be submitted accurately by 5pm on the 26th April 2016.
A guide on how to complete your postal vote is included with your postal vote.
What and who am I voting for?
The Electoral Commission will be distributing to every household in Monmouthshire a booklet that provides independent advice on the role of the Welsh Assembly and the Police Commissioner as well as how to cast your vote at the election. A copy of that booklet is available.
The deadline for submitting nomination papers to stand for election is 4pm on 7th April 2016. After that time we will know who is standing for election and publish a notice on our website of who they are.
For this election there will be three ballot papers with three different voting systems.
Welsh Assembly Constituency
The constituency will elect one person to represent Monmouthshire in the Welsh Assembly. On this ballot paper you will have one vote for the person that you wish to vote for. The candidate with the most votes will be elected.
Welsh Assembly Region
The regional election will elect four Assembly Members to represent the South East Wales region in the Welsh Assembly based on proportional representation. Each party will provide a list of candidates who will be named on the ballot paper and elected in that order. There may also be independent candidates standing for a regional seat in addition to the parties. You will have one vote on the ballot paper for a political party or independent candidate and the number of people elected for that party will depend on the number of votes they receive across the region.
Police and Crime Commissioner Election
This election will appoint a candidate to the position of Police and Crime Commissioner for the Gwent Police Area. Candidates will submit their nomination papers and can be independent candidates or those representing political parties. On this ballot paper you can have up to two votes, one for your first choice candidate and another for your second choice candidate if you wish to use your second preference vote.
The first choice votes will be counted to identify the two candidates with the most votes. At this point, the ballot papers for the remaining candidates will recounted based on their second preference vote for those two candidates and added to the original totals to identify the winner.
Statement of Persons Nominated
Statement of Persons Nominated – National Assembly for Wales – Monmouth Constituency
Statement of Persons Nominated – National Assembly for Wales – South Wales East Region
Statement of Persons Nominated – Police & Crime Commissioner – Gwent Region