The National Assembly for Wales
The National Assembly for Wales is a devolved assembly with power to make legislation in Wales. The Assembly comprises 60 members, who are known as Assembly Members, or AMs...
is composed of 60 members known as AMs
or Assembly Members
(in Welsh: ACau
or Aelodau'r Cynulliad
). Forty are chosen to represent each individual constituency, and 20 are chosen to represent the five regions of Wales.
Each person in Wales is represented by five AMs – one AM for their constituency (the local area in which they live), and another four AMs covering their region. Wales' five regions are: Mid and West Wales, North Wales, South Wales Central, South Wales East and South Wales West.
Methods of election
AMs are elected in one of two ways:
- First past the post constituency AMs or;
- Regional additional-member AMs
Forty are elected
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as constituency AMs and twenty are elected as additional members, four from each of five regional groups of constituencies. This additional member system
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produces a form of proportional representation
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for each region.
All AMs positions become simultaneously vacant for elections held on a four year cycle. If a vacancy arises at another time, due to death
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, then it may be filled in one of two ways, depending of whether the vacancy is for a first-past-the-post
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constituency AM or for an additional-member AM.
A constituency vacancy may be filled by a by-election
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. An additional-member vacancy may be filled by the next available candidate on the relevant party list.
- Members of the 1st National Assembly for Wales
- Members of the 2nd National Assembly for Wales
- Members of the 3rd National Assembly for Wales
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- National Assembly for Wales constituencies and regions
- Member of the Legislative Assembly (Northern Ireland)
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- Member of the Scottish Parliament
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