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Different Types of Elections

There are different types of election in the UK, and referendums can also be called as a way of asking the public a question.  As a poll approaches you will be provided with information on the election but you won’t be able to take part unless you are registered to vote.

Local Council Elections

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council has 11 electoral divisions to which a total of 30 councillors are elected via the first past the post election method. Elections to the one community council in Bedlinog and Trelewis is generally combined with the county borough election.

The most recent Local Council Election was held in May 2022.

UK Parliamentary Election

MPs are voted into the House of Commons at a Parliamentary General Election.

Merthyr Tydfil currently combines with part of the county borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf to form the Merthyr Tydfil and Aberdare Constituency.

Except in exceptional circumstances, Parliamentary Elections will be held every 5 years, on the first Thursday in May. 

The next election has been called for 4 July 2024.

Welsh Parliament Elections

The Welsh Parliament is a devolved democratically elected body that represents the interests of Wales and its people.   

Commonly known as the Senedd, it makes laws for Wales, agrees Welsh taxes and holds the Welsh Government to account.

The most recent National Assembly for Wales Election was held in May 2021

Police and Crime Commissioner Election

The Police and Crime Commissioner holds the Chief Constable and police force to account by overseeing how crime is tackled and ensuring that the Police are providing a good service.  Each police force area has one Police and Crime Commissioner who is elected every four years.  

The Merthyr Tydfil County Borough falls within the South Wales police area.


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