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Electoral Reviews

Electoral Reviews

Reviews which seek to achieve electoral parity and maintain the interests of effective and convenient local government for its electors.

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. 

For further information on how we conduct our electoral reviews, and how the Commission considers the issue of calculating an appropriate number of electors for a principal council, you can refer to the relevant documents within the Programme Information section of our website.

In this section you are able to obtain information on.

  • The Commission’s programme of reviews 2017-2021.
  • Information relating to current electoral reviews
  • Documents and reports relating to previous reviews completed by the Commission.

Related links

Statement made by the Cabinet Secretary.
How to contact the Commission.