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McCartney welcomes Electoral Office Schools Initiative

10 September, 2008

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney has welcomed the launch by Education Minister Cáitríona Ruane of the Electoral Office's 'Schools Initiative' aimed at getting young people to register to vote.

Raymond McCartney said:

"Most decisions taken by politicians have some form of effect on young people. I believe that as many young people as possible should have the opportunity to decide who the politicians who make those decisions are.

"I would strongly encourage every young person approaching or having reached the age to vote to take advantage of this Electoral Office initiative. This programme will allow students to realise the importance of having their voices heard at the heart of government and to make a difference to and influence their future.

"I hope that as the programme is rolled out it will also encourage more of our youth and particularly young women to become actively involved in political life. I believe that with more young people involved in politics that we will achieve a more dynamic, vibrant and progressive political system here." ENDS

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