However, they will need to be at least 11 years old, and be no older than 17 years old on the last day of the election (22 November 2021).
Young people who are eligible to stand at the election can stand as a candidate for one of the 40 constituency seats. If a young person wishing to stand for election receives their education in a different electoral constituency to their home address, they can choose which constituency they wish to stand for. It’s possible to check your constituency by going to senedd.wales/find-a-member-of-the-senedd.
A young person can also be returned as a representative by an official partner organisation.
It is possible for a young person to stand as a candidate for election in their constituency and for a partner organisation at the same time.
If a young person gains the most amount of votes for one of the 40 constituency seats, and is the preferred candidate returned by an official partner organisation, the choice will lie with the young person as to which seat they choose to occupy.
The relinquished seat will either be allocated to the young person who obtained the second highest number of votes in that constituency, or to the official partner organisation who will then return another young person.
To stand for the constituency seat, the young person will need to complete an application form at www.youthparliament.wales. Applications open on the 05 July 2021 and close on the 20 September 2021.
The form will take about 15 minutes to complete. Candidates must read the introduction, complete the relevant check boxes which state that they confirm the information they have provided is accurate, that they will comply with the election rules and parental consent will also be needed to complete the form.
Young people will need to provide the following information to apply:
- Address and post code;
- Email Address;
- Date of birth;
- Equality form.
Candidates will need to provide a short biography about themselves.
This should be no longer than 200 words. It should cover why they would be a good Welsh Youth Parliament Member and the three issues that are most important to them.
The issues need to be things that the Senedd has powers over such as health, Welsh language, youth provisions, the environment etc.
More information about the Senedd’s powers can be found on the Senedd’s website https://senedd.wales/how-we-work/our-role/powers.
Once young people have successfully completed their online application form and their information has been verified, they will then be sent an Information Pack.
This will tell them everything they need to know about standing for election to the Welsh Youth Parliament.
The remaining 20 seats will be returned by partner organisations.