Voting system that delivered Labour and Plaid PCC victories in Wales to be axed by UK Government
A voting system that delivered Labour and Plaid Cymru victories in May’s Police and Crime Commissioner elections is to be axed by the UK Government.
New changes to the Elections Bill this week will axe the supplementary vote system which allowed people to choose a second preference in those elections.
Both Labour’s Andy Dunbobbin in North Wales and Plaid Cymru’s Dafydd Llywelyn in Dyfed-Powys won on second preferences, after falling short of their Conservative challenger of the first vote.
The UK Government’s bill will not impact Senedd or Council elections as they are devolved to the Welsh Government.
However, it will impact metro mayors, the Greater London Authority mayor, elected council mayors across England, and Police and Crime Commissioners across England and Wales from 2023.
Kit Malthouse, the minister for policing, told the Telegraph: “We are strengthening the accountability and role of police and crime commissioners, to help cut crime and deliver on the people’s priorities.”
Chloe Smith, the minister for the constitution, added: “Britain’s long-standing national electoral system of first past the post ensures clearer accountability, and allows voters to kick out the politicians who don’t deliver.
“First past the post is fair and simple – the person with the most votes wins.”
Luke Hall, the minister for local government, added: “Elected mayors can provide strong leadership, and must be held to account at the ballot box. The supplementary vote is an anomaly which confuses the public and is out of step with other elections in England, both local and national.
“Moving to first past the post will make it easier for voters to express a clear choice.”