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Creating a Parliament that works for Wales: Report of the Expert Panel on Assembly Electoral Reform

19.12.17

On 12 December 2017, the Expert Panel on Assembly Electoral Reform published its report into the future of the National Assembly.

The report recommends that the Assembly needs between 20 and 30 more Assembly Members, and they should be elected using a more proportional system. This new system should have ‘accountability to electors and diversity at its heart’.

The report also recommends lowering the minimum voting age for National Assembly elections to include sixteen and seventeen year olds.

Children in Wales and Young Wales ran a survey on this topic when we responded to the Electoral Reform in Local Government in Wales inquiry. Of over 300 respondents, 70% supported lowering the minimum voting age.

The report makes sixteen recommendations in all, on how many Assembly Members should be elected, the method and the division of constituencies.

It makes recommendations on the diversity of members, the age at which people can vote, and if lowering the vote, how to encourage young people through appropriate political and citizenship education, public awareness-raising and other appropriate means.

The full report can be read here, a summary here, and more information on the report and the expert panel can be found from the National Assembly website here.