Decision details

Welsh Liberal Democrats Debate

Decision Maker: Plenary - Fourth Assembly

Status: Recommendations approved

Is Key decision?: Yes


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The item started at 17.05


NDM5574 Aled Roberts (North Wales)


To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:


1. Welcomes that 16 and 17 year olds were able to vote in the recent Scottish independence referendum, which was the first time they have had the right to do so in a major ballot in the United Kingdom;


2.  Recognises the importance of empowering young people in Wales to engage in politics and contribute their views and ideas to help shape the communities in which they live;


3.  Notes the Electoral Commission 2014 report which found that 49% of 16-17 year olds in the UK are not registered to vote and believes that more needs to be done to encourage the participation of young people in democracy; and


4.  Welcomes the steps proposed in the Voter Registration Bill, which aims to increase the participation of young people in politics by empowering electoral registration officers in Wales to improve data sharing and increase the number of people registered from underrepresented groups.


Voting on the motion and amendments under this item was deferred until Voting Time.


A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:










The motion without amendment was agreed.


Publication date: 24/09/2014

Date of decision: 24/09/2014

Decided at meeting: 24/09/2014 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly



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