Voting opens in Welsh Youth Parliament Elections

On the day voting opens in the first Welsh Youth Parliament elections, Cynon Valley AM Vikki Howells 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 15 young people in Cynon Valley.

The local candidates are:-

  • Daniel Benjamin Ames
  • Casey-Jones Bishop
  • William Burke
  • Arrabella Eames
  • Eleri Griffiths
  • Niamh Griffiths
  • Corey John
  • Lois Jones
  • Megan Jones
  • Eve Lewis
  • Eleri Lucas
  • Ioan Phillips
  • Nicole Walker
  • Esme Watson
  • Tom Williams

Further details of all candidates can be found at

Voters must register to take part, and 13,000 11-18 year olds across Wales have already signed up.  It is not too late to register and vote. All you need is an email address and your postcode. You will be also 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.

Vikki Howells AM said:-

“When I meet young people from Cynon Valley in local schools and in the Senedd, I am always impressed by their enthusiasm and passion for our local community. It is good to see so many of them putting their names forward to represent their peers in the Welsh Youth Parliament.

“I would like to wish the best of luck to all the candidates standing for Cynon Valley I would love to hear from them about their campaigns and share some of my own campaigning experience.

“I would urge anyone who is eligible and hasn’t registered to vote to visit the Welsh Youth Parliament website, to find out who is standing for election in their area and how they intend to represent you.”