While doing a bit of housekeeping, Cneifiwr accidentally deleted a post with this headline. Many thanks to Emlyn Uwch Cych for saving the day by fishing out the original:
Investigations into an alleged breach of electoral law by one of
Carmarthenshire's recently elected Independent councillors have now been
passed by the police to the Crown Prosecution Service, Cneifiwr
Councillor Ieuan Wyn Davies was elected to represent Llanybydder, although the ballot paper gave a home address in Swansea.
anyone not sure of their geography, Llanybydder is just about as far
away as you can get from Swansea in Carmarthenshire, a distance
according to the AA of 45 miles.
Of course, Cllr Davies may still qualify under one of the following provisions, but Inspector Knacker seems to have his doubts:
are a registered local government elector in the local authority area,
both on the day you are nominated and on election day. You can check
whether you are registered by contacting the Electoral Registration
Officer at your local council.
•You have occupied, either as an owner
or a tenant, any land or premises in the local authority area during
the whole of the 12 months before the day you are nominated and election
•Your main or only place of work during the 12 months before
the day you are nominated and election day has been in the local
•You have lived in the local authority area during the whole of the 12 months before the day you are nominated and election day.
the second of these, you could rent an acre or two of rough grazing
somewhere in Carmarthenshire and plonk a couple of sheep on it in order
to stand for election.
Let's hope for Cllr Davies's sake that
evidence of these sheep or one of the other qualifications turns up in
time to prevent a prosecution and by-election. Or perhaps Mr Davies was
one of the thousands who commute daily from Swansea to the international
business hub of Llanybydder, clogging up the lanes.
is famous for its horse fairs, which are held on the last Thursday of
every month, but anyone wishing to buy a donkey could do worse than head
up there. I remember hearing a farmer from Llandeilo telling Dai Jones
Llanilar on the popular Cefn Gwlad* that you could never go wrong with a
donkey as an investment.
* For English readers, Cefn Gwlad is a tiny bit like Countryfile, only without the Range Rovers and green wellies.