Unitary Authority of Ceredigion elections from 1995 to 2017


A total of 46 Unitary Authority Wards held elections in Ceredigion between 1995 and 2017. The database holds elections for 6 separate years over the 23 year period. Ceredigion held whole council elections once every four years. This can create a situation where an unhappy electorate can replace an entire council in a single election. As a result, these councils can appear to be more volatile than those with partial council elections.


Average participation in Ceredigion over the 23 years was 52.83%. This was 12.93 percentage points higher than the average for all Unitary Authority Councils holding elections in the same year (39.90%). Turnout was higher than the average for Unitary Authority councils in 2008 when it was 14.81 percentage points higher. Turnout was never lower than the average for Unitary Authority councils over the period.

The Party System

This section examines the party system in Ceredigion that existed in terms of number of seats won by each group in each election. In the analysis below, a party is considered to have won an election for the authority if it wins more seats than any other group. The extent to which a single party group wins all of the elections during the period is a measure of the dominance of a single party.

Although Independent candidates won most seats in more years than other candidates they by no means dominated the elections held between 1995 and 2017. These candidates won the most seats in 3 of the 6 elections held. After Independent candidates, the next most successful group over the 23 years were PC candidates. These candidates won the most seats in 3 of the 6 elections held.

Number of Years Party Won Most Seats

Party NameNumber of Years

Party Winning Most Seats by Year

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