Wales’ National Assembly will change its name under plans announced today. The change to Welsh Parliament/Senedd Cymru would come into place in 2020. The body that runs the National Assembly, the Assembly Commission, also wants to lowering the minimum voting age to 16 in Assembly elections. At a later date, it will look at whether to increase the size of the Assembly and change the voting system. The Commission’s decisions have been announced alongside the publication of a summary of the key findings of the Commission’s public consultation, Creating a Parliament for Wales. That asked people their thoughts on proposals, including the recommendations made by an expert panel, chaired by Laura McAllister CBE . It made its recommended in December 2017. More than 3,200 consultation responses were received and people did not have to answer every question. What was decided: Votes at 16 Of the 1,530 who responded to the voting age question, 59 per cent agreed it should be lowered to 16 years old. Llywydd Elin Jones AM said: “Empowering young people to vote at 16 is a powerful statement from the Assembly that we value their views,” “Votes at 16 will have to be accompanied by appropriate political… Read full this story
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