Rejected petition Put the expansion of the Senedd to a public vote.

The expansion of the Senedd from 60 to 96 members will cost an estimated £17.8 million extra a year. When there is unprecedented pressure on the NHS and schools, this is a frivolous waste of money.

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The introduction of the 'Closed List' system risks creating a democratic deficit where party candidates are selected by party bosses with potentially no link to the constituency. There is no recall function at this point for bad behaviour while in office.

When the electorate has no say over individual candidates, we risk sliding into a technocracy.

Why was this petition rejected?

There’s already a petition about this issue. We cannot accept a new petition when we already have one about a very similar issue, or if the Petitions Committee has considered one in the last year.

The Petitions Committee has considered a petition on this issue within the last 12 months:
P-06-1355 Hold a referendum seeking approval from the people to increase Assembly members by 36

Details of the Committee’s previous consideration of this issue can be found here:

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