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Assembly Members vote to introduce bill lowering voting age to 16, 10/10/2018 [W]

Children in Wales welcomes the news that members of the National Assembly for Wales have voted to allow the introduction of the Welsh Parliament and Elections (Wales) Bill, which proposes to lower the voting age for Assembly elections to 16.

The Bill will propose several changes to the Assembly, including lowering the voting age for Assembly elections to 16 and change the name of the Assembly to Welsh Parliament.

Lowering the voting age along with the other changes, is “the first step in a programme of wider reform to make our parliament a more effective, accessible and diverse legislature that fully reflects the communities and people that we serve”, say Elin Jones AM, Lywydd of the Assembly.

The intention is for the proposed changes to be in place by 2021, but the Bill have to be scrutinised and pass a super majority in the Assembly, first.

To read more about the changes, you can visit the National Assembly for Wales website.