Plaid Cymru is celebrating after winning control of community councils in the Caerphilly area without a single vote being cast.
On Penyrheol, Trecenydd and Energlyn Council not one of the 11 seats was contested giving Plaid victory without a poll.
It was the same story in the Aber Valley with no contests for the 11 seats up for grabs in Abertridwr and Senghenydd.
In Caerphilly Town Council seven Plaid Cymru councillors are guaranteed election in the 12 member authority, giving the party a majority before polling day.
While in Llanbradach seven of the nine seats have been won without voters being asked to choose.
And in Gelligaer Plaid has won seven of the 13 seats without a challenge.
Plaid Cymru councillor Caerphilly Town Mayor Mike Prew said: “We’re very surprised that Labour has failed to put up even one candidates in some community councils while in others their candidates are very sporadic.
“Community councils are all about grassroots work for the community and it appears that Labour has just opted out. But I suppose you could say it is a vote of confidence in Plaid Cymru-run councils because Labour has not put up candidates.”