Electoral Reviews


The current programme of electoral reviews will aim to submit recommendations for all 22 Principal Council areas to Welsh Government to be implemented with, or without modification, in time for the 2022 local government elections.

The objective of an electoral review is to ensure that, within each local authority area, electoral arrangements seek to achieve parity. Utilising the existing community structure within a local authority, an electoral review will take into account community identities, electoral equality and consultation feedback to ensure that our proposals uphold the interests of effective and convenient local government for the electorate within Wales.

The Commission has produced a Policy and Practice document to help explain how the process for conducting the electoral reviews will work.  The document covers both what the law says the Commission must do as part of the process, as well as the issues where the Commission has decided – as a matter of policy within its own discretion – to take a particular approach.

Within the Policy and Practice the Commission has set out the programme of reviews for the 22 authorities, and the Council Size policy, and therefore the appropriate number of councillors for each authority.

The Commission hopes that, by clarifying the process and policies in this way, the guide will both encourage those who may be thinking of making their views known and help to ensure that those who do make their views known can do so in a well-informed and effective manner.

Key documents relating to the current electoral review programme are available to download here. These include:

  • LDBCW Electoral Review Policy and Practice.
  • Our 2017-2021 Electoral Review Programme.
  • Policy on Council size.