No fewer than 71 candidates and a dozen different political parties will be vying for the support of the voters of Penarth in May 5th’s Welsh Assembly Elections.
Nominations for the Welsh Assembly Elections have now closed and Cardiff Council has now published the full lists of the candidates taking part.
The Assembly has 60 members, all elected for a 5-year term. 20 of them represent five “electoral regions” (like South Wales Central) and are elected under the so-called “additional-member” d’Hondt proportional representation system . The other 40 are elected for constituencies on a traditional first-past-the-post system.
Penarth voters will have two ballot papers to contend with when they enter the polling station to cast their votes [plural] next month.
One paper will be for the Cardiff South and Penarth constituency – which is similar to the Parliamentary constituency of the same name – and the other will be for the South Wales Central constituency – in which a total of 66 candidates are standing – including 1 independent.
There is a wide choice of political parties in the contest – comprising :-
- The Abolish the Welsh Assembly Party
- The Welsh Conservative Party
- The Freedom to Choose Party
- Plaid Cymru
- The Official Monster Raving Loony Party
- UKIP Wales
- The Wales Green Party
- The Welsh Communist Party
- The Welsh Labour Party
- The Welsh Liberal Democrats
- The Welsh Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
- The Women’s Equality Party
Of all the declared candidates, a total of 6 actually live in Penarth. They are :-
- Ben Gray (Welsh Conservative Party)
- Vaughan Gething (Welsh Labour Party)
- Richard Michael Hodgson Read (Abolish the Welsh Assembly Party)
- David Melding (Welsh Conservative Party)
- Anthony Slaughter (Wales Green Party)
- Sarah Rees (Women’s Equality Party)