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Elections and Voting

Police and Crime Commissioner Elections

Dyfed-Powys Police Area


Police and Crime Commissioner Elections will take place in England and Wales on Thursday 7th May 2020

The bank holiday will move from Monday 4th May to Friday 8th May to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, therefore, the counting of votes will take place on Monday 11th May 2020.

The Police Area Returning Officer

Each police area has a Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) who has overall responsibility for coordinating the election and announcing the results of the Police and Crime Commissioner election in that area. 

There are four police areas in Wales:

  • Dyfed-Powys
  • South Wales
  • Gwent
  • North Wales

Police Force Areas with Local Authority Boundaries

The PARO for the Dyfed-Powys police area is Mr Ian Westley
The voting areas within the Dyfed-Powys area are Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys. 

The Local Returning Officers for each of the four areas are responsible for ensuring the election is administered effectively in their voting area. 

Contact details for the Local Returning Officer’s within in the Dyfed-Powys area

Timetable for the Police and Crime Commissioner Elections

Notice of Election
The notice of election will be published on the 31st March 2020

Nomination papers for the Dyfed-Powys police area should be delivered, by hand, to the Police Area Returning Officer, Ian Westley, County Hall, Haverfordwest, between the hours of 10.00am and 4.00pm during the period 1st April 2020 – 8th April 2020.

Nomination Packs

Statement of Persons Nominated
The statement of persons nominated will be published after 4.00pm on 8th April 2020. 

About police and crime commissioners

Election results
Results of the election will be published below on 11th May 2020.

To vote at this election

To be eligible to vote in this election you must be:

  • Registered to vote
  • 18 or over on the day of the election
  • A British, Irish, Commonwealth or EU citizen

Voting at this election

There are two columns of boxes alongside the candidates’ names on the ballot paper.  One column of boxes is for voters to mark their favourite candidate with an X and one in which to mark a second favourite with an X. Voters don’t have to mark a second favourite if they do not have one. Voters can put a X in both boxes for one candidate but this is effectively the same as just marking your favourite and no additional benefit comes from this.

If there are only two candidates standing at the election, the result will be calculated on a first past the post system, based on the first column choice.

If there are three or more candidates, the Police and Crime Commissioner is elected using a system called the Supplementary Vote (SV).


Useful links

Police Force Areas with Local Authority Boundaries

Guidance for candidates and agents at Police and Crime Commissioner elections

Guidance on the conduct of tellers in and around polling places

Tellers do`s and don`ts

Code of Conduct for Campaigners

ID: 5991, revised 14/03/2020