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Expert Panel on Assembly Electoral Reform

The Llywydd appointed the Expert Panel to advise and report to the Assembly Commission, by Autumn 2017, on the following issues:

  • the number of Members the Assembly needs;
  • the most suitable electoral system; and
  • the minimum voting age for Assembly elections.


The Panel's first meeting

17 March 2017 l News Item

The Panel met for the first time on Tuesday 14 February to discuss how it would approach its work. The Panel agreed to undertake work on:

  • issues relating to Assembly electoral areas, in particular co-terminosity with Westminster constituencies;
  • the minimum voting age for Assembly elections; and
  • the capacity and size of the Assembly, and the appropriate electoral system by which Members should be elected.

Read the minutes of the meeting.

Minutes of future meetings will be published on this page. You can also keep up to date on the Panel's work by following @EPAERWales on Twitter


Expert Panel on Assembly Electoral Reform

1 February 2017 | News Item

In November 2016, the Assembly Commission announced it would take forward work to address the capacity of the Assembly, acting on behalf of the institution and, most importantly, in the interests of the people of Wales.

On 1 February 2017 the Llywydd announced the establishment of an Expert Panel on Electoral Reform to provide robust, politically impartial advice on the number of Members the Assembly needs, the most suitable electoral system, and the minimum voting age for Assembly elections.

The Expert Panel will report by autumn 2017 so that, provided the required degree of political support exists, any legislative changes could be made in time for the National Assembly election in 2021.

Read the full written statement

Read the full press release

Read the Fourth Assembly's Commission report: The Future of the Assembly and its capacity to deliver for Wales (PDF, 2.83MB)


Membership of the Panel

1 February 2017 | News Item

The Panel will work independently under the strategic direction of its Chair, Professor Laura McAllister. The other Panel members are Professor Rosie Campbell, Professor Sarah Childs, Rob Clements, Professor David Farrell, Dr Alan Renwick and Sir Paul Silk.

Expert Panel on Electoral Reorm 

(Image L-R: Rob Clements, Professor Sarah Childs, Professor Laura McAllister, Sir Evan Paul Silk KCB, Dr Alan Renwick, Professor David Farrell)

Between them, the Panel have a wealth of expertise in the fields of electoral systems, parliamentary work and capacity, the constitutional position of the National Assembly, and wider issues of governance, including equalities, diversity and engagement.

Read more about the Panel's role

Learn more about the Panel members



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