Youth parliament elections starting

Young people in Edinburgh are being urged to vote in the forthcoming Scottish Youth Parliament elections which start today Monday 2 March 2015.

For the first time young voters will be able to cast their vote online from today until Friday 13 March 2015.

Anyone aged between 12 and 25 in the Capital is eligible to vote and to get involved young people can log onto the Young Scot website and use their Young Scot number to vote (temporary numbers for voting are also available from a selection of schools and community venues across the city).

There are 12 seats representing Edinburgh open to candidates who receive the most votes at the elections in March. These are in six city areas: Central, Eastern, Northern & Leith, Pentlands, Southern and Western.

The Scottish Youth Parliament is a non-party political organisation made up of 150 young people representing every constituency in Scotland. It campaigns to highlight the views of Scotland’s young people on a national and international stage.

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Its members meet three times each year at a range of different locations, including in the main chamber at Holyrood’s Scottish Parliament.

Local councillor Cathy Fullerton, Vice Convener for Education for the City of Edinburgh Council, said:

We’ve seen from the success of young people voting in the Independence Referendum that there’s a real appetite out there for them to engage in politics.

The Scottish Youth Parliament offers an ideal chance for young people to be heard on both national and local issues and I would urge everyone eligible to cast their vote next week.

It’s great that modern technology means our young people can vote online for the first time for their preferred candidate. These elections are a great opportunity to develop young people’s citizenship and debating skills as well as demonstrating democracy in action.

The council is committed to involving young people fully in the life of our city, so they feel that Edinburgh is a place where they can really make a difference. That’s why we are also actively encouraging them to come up with petitions which can be put to our Petitions Committee for consideration.

Anyone interested in voting should visit the Young Scot website or contact the CEC Young People’s Participation Team on 0131 529 6502.

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