The Welsh Assembly Elections are on Thursday 5th May. It’s your chance to have a say on a huge number of issues including housing, health and higher education. If you’re a UK or EU citizen, you’re eligible. To give you all the facts, Xpress Radio and Cardiff University Students’ Union have organised two debates.
The SU debate will be taking place in the middle of April, and will feature Welsh party leaders. It will be broadcast live on Xpress Xtra.
Our debate features six candidates running for the Cardiff Central constituency, representing the Conservatives, Green Party, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and UKIP. It takes place on Monday 25th April between 6pm and 8pm, and will be in front of a live studio audience, who can submit their questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Secure your place here! If you can’t make it, we’ll be broadcasting it live.
Also, it’s important you register to vote over the Easter holidays, or you will not be eligible to vote. For more information go to www.gov.uk/registertovote.
What is the Welsh Assembly?
The Welsh Assembly is Wales’ devolved body. There are 60 AMs who represent constituencies and regions of Wales, who meet at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay.
What powers does it have?
The Welsh Assembly has powers in 20 ‘subjects’. These are: agriculture, fisheries, forestry and rural development; ancient monuments and historic buildings; culture; economic development; education and training; environment; fire and rescue services and promotion of fire safety; food; health and health services; highways and transport; housing; local government; National Assembly for Wales; public administration; social welfare; sport and recreation; tourism; town and country planning; water and flood defence; Welsh language.
Who can vote?
Anyone over 18 who lives in Wales and is a UK or EU citizen. There are some exceptions, such as if you are serving a prison sentence.
Why is this election significant?
Wales will soon be given new tax powers. It is also worth pointing out that at the last Welsh Assembly election, Cardiff Central was won by less than 50 votes. Your vote really can make a difference.
Can I register for a postal vote?
To find out answers to this, check the About My Vote website.