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Lowering the voting age motion success welcomed - Fearon

6 November, 2012

Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon has welcomed the support for a motion in the Assembly calling for the voting age to be lowered to 16.

 Ms. Fearon said,

 “I proposed a motion in conjunction with the Green Party calling for the voting age to be lowered to 16 years and I am delighted that it has been passed.

 “It is important that the voices of young people are heard and lowering the age to sixteen would be an important step in allowing more people to participate in the democratic process.

 “Recently in Scotland they announced that sixteen year olds will get the vote in the referendum on independence and also this week Argentina announced the vote for people aged sixteen so it is apt that we brought this motion at this time.

 “Young people are eager to participate in the democratic process and in countries like Austria where younger people have the vote the indications are that they are one of the biggest sectors that vote.

“While this first step has been passed we need to encourage more support so that we can see a similar motion in the British House of Commons and ensure young people engagement in any further elections.

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