Voting Opens in First Ever Welsh Youth Parliament Elections

On the day voting opens in the first Welsh Youth Parliament elections, Ogmore Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies is reminding local residents between 11 and 18 to register and vote.

A total of 40 seats are up for grabs with 480 young people standing as candidates. Including 5 in Ogmore. They are Mali Ann Morgan, Iona Henderson-Wright, Megan Stone, Laine Woolcock and Ffion Hâf Jones. Further details of local candidates can be found here

Voters must register to take part, and 13,000 11-18 year olds across Wales have already signed up. It’s not too late to register and vote, you just need an email address, your postcode and you will be asked for your date of birth. You can register here

Once elected Welsh Youth Parliament Members will serve a two-year term.

Another 20 young people will be selected to join the parliament by associated organisations including the Urdd, Girlguiding Cymru and Learning Disability Wales.

Huw Irranca-Davies AM, who is also, the Welsh Government Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care said “The first Welsh Youth Parliament is a great opportunity for young people in Ogmore and throughout Wales to have their say and make their voices heard. As important citizens, they have a part to play in the governance of our country.

I would urge anyone who is eligible and hasn’t registered to vote, to visit the Youth Parliament website. Here you will find out who is standing for election in your area and how they intend to represent you. Best of luck to all the candidates standing in Ogmore, good luck on the campaign trail.