Voting Age Motion to Come Before Assembly
October 25, 2012
Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon will propose a motion in the Assembly on the 6th November calling for the voting age to be lowered to 16.
Ms. Fearon said,
“On the 6th November I will be proposing a motion in conjunction with the Green Party calling for the voting age to be lowered to 16 years.
“Many young people are feeling disenfranchised from the electoral process even though at 16 young people are very politically aware and able to make informed choices. It is important that their voice is heard and we encourage as many people within society to take part in the democratic process.
“I will be calling on the Assembly to support a change to legislation that will empower young people with the right to vote. This is already being supported through the EU in Written Declaration 27 that calls for the EU Member States to lower the minimum voting age.
“Elected representatives across the board need to waken up and recognise the widening gap between themselves and the citizens, especially the younger generation, they represent."
"Much more must be done to engage with this sector of society and it is absolutely vital that young people have the right to democratic participation, voting for politicians who will make decisions which will often heavily impact upon their lives."