Nomination of the First Minister
Nominations for the appointment of First Minister can take place during
the first Plenary meeting after an election or at any subsequent Plenary meeting, subject to the Assembly
resolving to do so. The Assembly will be invited by the Presiding Officer to agree that nominations
take place. If any Member objects, an electronic vote will be called. Nomination proceedings will only
take place if a majority of Members voting agree.
for nominating the First Minister is outlined below :
If a vote by roll call is required, the Presiding Officer will ask each
Member present in the Siambr (in alphabetical order) to state the name of their preferred candidate.
Members will also be given the option to abstain. The Presiding Officer and Deputy Presiding Officer
are not permitted to vote. Members nominated for the role of First Minister are permitted to vote.
If two Members have been nominated and the roll call results in a tie
(or if there are two remaining candidates after others are eliminated), further votes by roll call will
If more than two Members have been nominated and no Member receives
more than half of the votes cast, the candidate with the lowest number of votes will be eliminated.
Further votes by roll call will take place until one candidate has received more than half of
the votes cast.
The Presiding Officer will immediately recommend to Her Majesty that
the Member nominated by the Assembly be appointed as First Minister. The nominee for the appointment
of First Minister may choose to make a speech immediately after his or her nomination.