Senedd members have backed legislation, which includes provisions to extend the franchise to 16- and 17-year-olds and foreign citizens in local elections, that campaigners have said could “revolutionise democracy in Wales”.
The local government and elections (Wales) bill passed its stage four vote this evening. It makes changes to voter registration and allows councils in the devolved nation to switch to a single transferable vote (STV) system.
First Minister Mark Drakeford welcomed the bill today, which will require councils to consult on and publish a public participation strategy to make it easier for people to understand how local government functions.
Commenting on social media after the Senedd vote this evening, the Welsh Labour leader tweeted in support of the legislation, saying that he is “pleased this historic bill has passed”.
He added: “It reflects our diverse nation and will modernise democracy in Wales. 16- and 17-year-olds, and foreign citizens who’ve made Wales their home, can now also vote in next year’s local elections – I’ll be glad to see this.”