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Important information for candidates

​​​​The Notice of Election will be published on Friday 18 March 2022.

Nomination papers can then be submitted by hand to the Electoral Services Office at County Hall or via e-mail using ​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window​ from Monday 21 March 2022 until 4pm on Tuesday 4 April 2022.
No nomination papers will be accepted after 4pm on Tuesday 5 April 2022.

The Local Elections (Principal Areas) (Wales) Rules 2021 have introduced a number of changes to the nomination process including -

  • Submitting nomination papers electronically - nominations may be submitted via e-mail to ​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window
  • No subscribers - the requirement for subscribers has been removed and candidates will be able to self-nominate (witness is still required)
  • Home Address Form - candidates must complete a Home Address Form indicating if they wish for their home not to made public (principal area will be printed on the ballot paper and Statement of Persons Nominated)  
  • Statement of Party Membership - candidates must list the registered name or names of each political party they have been a member of in the preceding 12 months (details will be published on the Statement of Persons Nominated)
  • Descriptions - where the description of the political party does not include Wales, Welsh, Cymru or Cymreig the candidate may add this to the description. 

Therefore, it’s imperative you are using the most up to date nomination form when you submit your papers.  These will be available under our Nomination Forms tab or via the Electoral Commission.  

If you wish for your nomination papers to be informally checked please e-mail us your form at ​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window​​ and the Electoral Services team will provide feedback on the validity of the nomination papers provided.

Other key changes include:

  • Franchise change – 16​ and 17-year-olds and qualifying foreign nationals are entitled to vote at the Local Government Elections on Thursday 5 May 2022. 
  • Emergency proxy (Covid-19) – the option to apply for an emergency proxy for Covid-19 will be extended for the polls on 5 May. 
  • Spending Limit has now been increased to £806 plus 7p per elector
  • Boundary changes - The changes will see the number of elected members in the city increase from the current figure of 75 to 79, while the number of electoral wards will decrease from 29 to 28. The current ward of Creigiau/ St Fagans will be included in a new ward – Pentyrch and St Fagans while the Thornhill area, previously included in Llanishen ward, will now become part of the new ward of Lisvane and Thornhill.

Further information on standing at the Local Government Elections in Wales can be found at Local elections in Wales | Electoral Commission ​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window​​

​​​​​​​​If you were unable to make either of the candidate and agent briefing sessions, here are copies of the slides and pre-recordings of the presentations.​​