Decision details

Election of the Presiding Officer under Standing Order 6

Decision Maker: Plenary - Fifth Senedd

Status: For consideration

Is Key decision?: Yes


Standing Orders of the National Assembly for Wales


SO6.1 At its first meeting after an Assembly election, the Assembly must elect from its Members a Presiding Officer and a Deputy.


SO6.2 If the office of the Presiding Officer or that of the Deputy becomes vacant, the Assembly must, as soon as possible, elect a Member to fill the vacancy. The election of a Presiding Officer takes precedence over all other business.


The item started at 13.30.


The Presiding Officer (Dame Rosemary Butler) invited nominations in accordance with Standing Order 6.6.


Dai Lloyd nominated Elin Jones.

Jane Hutt seconded the nomination.


Adam Price nominated Dafydd Elis-Thomas.

Neil Hamilton seconded the nomination.


The Presiding Officer invited the candidates to address the Assembly.


As there were two nominations, a secret ballot took place in accordance with Standing Order 6.8.


The results of the secret ballot were as follows:


Elin Jones


Dafydd Elis-Thomas







The Presiding Officer declared Elin Jones elected as Presiding Officer.


Elin Jones took the Chair and addressed the Assembly.

Publication date: 11/05/2016

Date of decision: 11/05/2016

Decided at meeting: 11/05/2016 - Plenary - Fifth Senedd