THERE will be no need for Blaenau Gwent residents to go to the polls on May 5 to elect councillors for Town and Community councillors across the county borough.
This is because the list published on Wednesday, April 6 reveals that there are are more vacancies than candidates for the town and community council wards in Blaenau Gwent.
Across Blaenau Gwent there were 12 town and community council wards where nominations had been sought for to potentially elect 69 councillors – but only 42 people have actually put their names forward.
This means that the town and community councils will be able to co-opt the candidates rather than hold a vote.
A decision to confirm this needs to be taken by April 26.
A spokesman for Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council said: “The statements of persons nominated have been published which show details of all candidates that have submitted valid nominations.
“The next set of notices to be published will be the notice of poll, situation of polling stations and the notices of uncontested election.
“These have to be published not later than 26 April.”
“None of the community wards in Blaenau Gwent are contested and the Town and Community Council’s will be able to fill the vacant seats by co-option.”
The spokesman added that confirmation of co-opting councillors could be published earlier than April 26.
Here is the list of candidates:
ABERBEEG – electing three councillors
Michaela Assiratti – Independent
Josh Rawcliffe – Independent
Graham White – not listed
ABERTILLERY – electing five councillors
Tracey Dyson – Independent
Robert Phillips – Welsh Labour
Nic Simmons – not listed
Mariola Walters – Plaid Cymru – The Party of Wales
BLAINA – electing eight councillors
Lilian Harris – Independent
Carole Hillman – Independent
Lydia King – Independent
Mike Williams – Independent
BRYNMAWR NORTH – electing eight councillors
Barrie Sutton – Welsh Labour
Joel Sutton – Welsh Labour
Andrew James Talbot – Welsh Labour
BRYNMAWR SOUTH electing eight councillors
Debbie Brown – Welsh Labour
Jules Gardner – Welsh Labour
John Hill – Independent
Gerwyn Jones – Welsh Labour
Martyn Hillier – Welsh Labour
Olwen Swales – Welsh Labour
CWMTILLERY electing five councillors
Roger Clark – Independent
Glyn Smith – not listed
Charles Bernard Wall – Welsh Labour
GEORGETOWN electing four councillors
Pierre Cornlouer – Welsh Labour
Kevin Mark Phillips – Welsh Labour
Gerran John Walters – Welsh Labour W
LLANHILLETH electing three councillors
Ben Owen-Jones – Plaid Cymru – The Party of Wales
Barrie Page – Plaid Cymru – The Party of Wales
NANTYGLO electing eight councillors
Des Hillman – Independent
Keith Jenkins – Independent
Ken Jones – Independent
Glyn Morvan – Independent
SIRHOWY – electing six councillors
Gemma Diane Badham – Welsh Labour
Allan Cox Jones – Welsh Labour
Ellen Louise Jones – Welsh Labour
Phillip Henry Prosser – Welsh Labour
Diane Rowberry – Welsh Labour
Alyson Elizabeth Tippings – Welsh Labour
SIX BELLS – electing three councillors
Peter Adamson – Welsh Labour
Charlotte Beverley Anne Lucas Plaid Cymru – The Party of Wales
TREDEGAR CENTRAL & WEST – electing eight councillors
Jacqueline Thomas – Welsh Labour
Mark Anthony Turner – Welsh Labour.
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