ASSEMBLY MEMBERS PASS AMENDMENTS TO THE SENEDD & ELECTIONS (WALES) BILL
Senedd and Elections (Wales) Bill —
Stage 3 of the Senedd and Elections (Wales) Bill was completed on Wednesday 13 November.
Members confirmed the key provisions of Bill, which will:
- lower the voting age for Assembly elections to 16;
- provide that the Assembly will become a parliament to be known as ‘Senedd Cymru’ or the ‘Welsh Parliament’;
- provide for Members to be known as ‘Aelodau o’r Senedd’ or ‘Members of the Senedd’;
- allow qualifying foreign nationals to vote in Assembly elections;
- change the law relating to disqualification from being an Assembly Member; and
- make other changes to the Assembly’s electoral and internal arrangements.
Commenting, the Llywydd said:
“I am pleased that the Senedd and Elections (Wales) Bill has moved another step towards the end of its legislative journey.
“It is encouraging to see a clear majority of Assembly Members in favour of lowering the voting age to 16 at a time of such political significance.
“The Youth Parliament has made a real impression in its first year and is testament to the positive outcomes of giving young people a voice. Lowering the voting age will no doubt build on this work.”
It is anticipated that the final stage, Stage 4, will take place on 27 November.
The Bill will require a “super-majority” for the Bill to be passed: this means that at least 40 out of 60 Members will need to vote in favour of the Bill.
For further information on the Assembly reform work please visit www.assembly.wales/assemblyreform