How is the Senedd’s Presiding Officer elected?

Published 12/05/2021   |   Last Updated 12/05/2021   |   Reading Time minutes

The Presiding Officer, known as the Llywydd, mirrors the role of Speakers and other Presiding Officers in parliaments across the world.

They oversee debates, represent the Senedd at ceremonial occasions and events, and chair the Senedd Commission.

But how is the Llywydd elected? Let’s break down how the process works.

What’s the process for electing the Llywydd?

The Senedd's first task in its initial meeting following an election is to elect a Llywydd.

Here’s how the Llywydd is elected:

How is the Result Announced?

The Chair will announce the result of the election to the Senedd.

The Member elected as Llywydd will take the chair for any remaining business during that meeting of the Senedd, known as Plenary, including the election of the Deputy Presiding Officer.

Want to Know More?

Find out how the secret ballot works, how the Deputy Presiding Officer is elected and much more in our Guide to Early Plenary Business

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