Polls open in Assembly referendum

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Polls have opened as voters decide in a referendum whether the Welsh Assembly should have more powers

Polls in Wales have opened as voters decide in a referendum whether the Welsh Assembly should have more legislative powers.

People are being asked whether Wales should be able to pass its own laws in its 20 devolved areas – which include health, education and local government.

Polling stations opened at 7am on Thursday, with people able to cast their votes until 10pm.

Results from the 22 local authorities will be collated at a central count at the assembly’s Senedd building, in Cardiff Bay, from Friday morning. A result is expected later that day.

The Electoral Commission said that 2,289,042 people were eligible vote, with 372,586 doing so via post.

A ‘Yes’ vote would mean the Welsh Assembly no longer needs to apply to parliament for law-making powers on a case-by-case basis.

A ‘No’ vote would keep the existing system of Legislative Competence Orders.

Opposing campaign groups Say Yes For Wales and True Wales have both urged voters to exercise their democratic right to vote.

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