Today (November 1), the polling stations opened for the second Welsh Youth Parliament elections for young people aged 11-18.
Young people will be able to vote at any time from November 1 to November 22, with ballot registration closing on November 12.
Almost 300 candidates have registered in every constituency in Wales facing a battle for the seat. Voting is done electronically and each registered voter receives a unique code by email to verify their ballot.
As with the very first Welsh Youth Parliament in 2018-2020, there will be 40 constituency seats decided by youth votes, in addition to 20 other members who will be selected by partner organizations to ensure representation of diverse groups of young people. . .
Profiles of each candidate for the election are available on the Welsh Youth Parliament website.
Maisy Evans, former member of the Welsh Youth Parliament said, âThe topics we discussed had nothing to do with ‘politics’ – it was everyday life. The environment, schools, health services; everything that matters.
âOur reports on emotional and mental health support, curriculum life skills and litter and plastic waste were incredibly important and aim to influence the work of both the Senedd and the Welsh government. It is so important for politicians to see the value that young people can bring to discussions – the ones that often take place without us.
“I want to see the Welsh Youth Parliament grow stronger, so I urge anyone between the ages of 11 and 17 to register to vote and vote.”
Elin Jones MS, Llywydd of Senedd, said: âThe Welsh Youth Parliament has been a huge success, it’s a great way for young people across the country to have their views heard. The Youth Parliament has built on our education sessions and work in schools across Wales, alongside the introduction of voting at 16, to demonstrate our strong commitment to the next generation.
âYoung people have as much interest in our country as everyone else, and the members of the first Welsh Youth Parliament have demonstrated their passion, activism and ability to influence decisions. This institution is now a key part of our democracy and over the past few years the hard work and perspectives of the members has contributed significantly to the work of the Senedd and to the decisions taken by the Welsh government.
âIt is crucial that young people have the opportunity to get involved in democracy as early as possible and I am proud of the efforts of this institution. I hope every young person in Wales takes this opportunity to make their voice heard and vote in the Welsh Youth Parliament elections.
The election results will be announced on December 1 and the new members will meet for the first time in the new year.
To register to vote, go to www.youthparliament.wales before the November 12 deadline.