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Information for Candidates and Agents

The Local Government Election will be held on Thursday 23rd June, 2022.

The following Election will be held on Thursday 23 June 2022:

  • Port Talbot Electoral Ward
  • 2 Councillors to be elected

Be a Councillor guide

Councils provide a range of services to their communities. Some are statutory which means that they must be provided, these include refuse collection and libraries.

Others are regulatory. These services must also be provided and include planning and managing the development of land and property, and licensing of, for example premises or taxis.

Finally, there are discretionary services which councils may choose to provide such as the promotion of tourism.

Here are some examples of what your Council is responsible for:

  • Education - Schools and school transport
  • Housing - Strategies, advice, provision, and benefit administration
  • Social Services - Care and protection of children, older people and Disabled people
  • Highways and Transport - Road maintenance, traffic management and planning, street naming
  • Waste Management - Refuse collection, recycling and fly tipping
  • Leisure & Cultural services - Libraries, museums, leisure centres and the arts
  • Consumer protection - Trading Standards
  • Environmental services - Food safety, pollution control
  • Planning - Development planning and development management
  • Economic Development - Attracting new businesses, promoting leisure and tourism
  • Emergency Planning - In case of emergencies such as floods, diseases, or terrorist attacks

For information on the process of standing for election including eligibility, spending limits and campaigning guidance please see the link below.

Guidance and resources that you need if you are a candidate or agent at local elections in Wales

The Returning Officer is Karen Jones, Chief Executive of Neath Port Talbot Council who is responsible for:

  • Publication of the notice of election
  • Administration of the nomination process
  • Encouraging participation
  • Publication of the statement of persons nominated and the notice of poll
  • Provision and equipment of polling stations
  • Appointment of polling station staff
  • Conduct of the poll
  • Management of the postal vote process
  • Verification and counting of the votes
  • Declaration of results.

Any enquiries to the Returning Officer should be made to or on 01639 763330.

Event Date (deadline if not midnight)
Publication of notice of election 17th May

Delivery of nomination papers

Nomination papers may be submitted for informal/formal checking electronically or in person.

Between 18th May and until 4pm on Wednesday 25th May

Deadline for delivery of nomination papers 4pm on 25th May
Deadline for withdrawals 4pm on 25th May
Deadline for the notification of appointment of election agent 4pm on 25th May
Publication of statement of persons nominated

Not later than 4pm on 26th May

Deadline for applications to register to vote Tuesday 7th June
Deadline for receiving new postal vote and postal proxy applications. Wednesday 8th June
Commencement of issue of postal votes Thursday 9th June
Publication of notices of poll and situation of polling stations Wednesday 15th June
First time that electors can apply for an emergency proxy Thursday 23rd June
Deadline for notification of appointment of polling and counting agents Thursday 16th June
First date that electors can apply for a replacement for lost postal votes Thursday 23rd June
Polling Day 7am to 10pm on Thursday 23rd June
Last time that electors can apply for a replacement for spoilt or lost postal votes 5pm on Thursday 23rd June
Deadline for emergency proxy applications 5pm on Thursday 23rd June
Verification and Count (County Borough) Thursday 23rd June After 10pm

There is still a requirement to ensure that the appropriate COVID-19 measures are followed during campaigning for the elections.

Welsh Government have prepared an Action Card which provides advice on measures that are likely to be reasonable to take to minimise the risk of coronavirus in campaigning.

The ‘Action Card’ is updated as and when COVID-19 regulations and measures change.