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New party reveals election targets
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The party has candidates for seven wards so far
A campaign group which has successfully petitioned for a referendum on having a directly-elected mayor, has announced candidates for forthcoming council elections.

Llais Y Cardi has created its own party, Llais Ceredigion - the Voice of Ceredigion - and is targeting seven wards in the council.

It is also putting forward its own candidate for mayor if the electorate votes in favour of creating the post.

When the idea was first made public in December, Plaid Cymru members reacted angrily - even though Llais Y Cardi members said any new party would not target Plaid seats.

But Ceredigion MP Simon Thomas said he felt the group had "misled the electorate" by transforming itself into a party.

The seven wards chosen by the new party to stand in are Aberporth, Beulah, Llanarth, Llanfarian, Llanrhystud, Lledrod and Penparc.

Llais Ceredigion has now been established to continue the process of solving the issue of the lack of democracy in Ceredigion
Emyr Hywel

However Llais Ceredigion has said it will pick more wards over the next few months ahead of the elections in June.

Party member Emyr Hywel said: "We are now ready to move forward, to establish democratic order in Ceredigion, which will ensure that the voice of the people will be heard and that their views will count.

"Llais Ceredigion has now been established to continue the process of solving the issue of the lack of democracy in Ceredigion."


The party has said it is standing because of a lack of choice in local elections.

Another member, Gwilym ab Ioan added: "Nearly a third of councillors in Ceredigion were elected unopposed."

One of the main issues for the party is the proposed unitary development plan for the county, which would see 6,500 houses built.

They are planning to target the seats of councillors who support the plan.

The referendum on having Wales' first directly-elected mayor is being held later this year.

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