ANGUS MACDONALD MSP CALLS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN FALKIRK EAST TO HAVE VOTE IN 2016

 

 

DEMOCRATIC ENGAGEMENT FROM REFERENDUM MUST BE HARNESSED

 

Local SNP MSP Angus MacDonald has called for Westminster to ensure the powers to allow sixteen and seventeen year olds to vote are transferred to Scotland as quickly as possible – to allow young people to cast their vote in the 2016 Scottish Parliament election and ensure that the democratic engagement stemming from the referendum continues.

 

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon met with David Cameron this week to discuss the issue – and expressed her confidence that a deal would be done.

 

In order for young people to have the right to vote in time for the next Scottish Parliament election, a ‘Section 30’ order is required to be laid before the Westminster parliament by the end of January.

 

Commenting, SNP MSP Angus MacDonald said:

 

“The enthusiasm and engagement we saw during the referendum campaign in Falkirk district was absolutely phenomenal and a credit to the people in our communities – and our young people in particular played a vital role in the incredible democratic debate we enjoyed.

 

“The enthusiasm and engagement shown by our young people was second to none – we simply cannot allow this new democratic energy which has been unleashed to wither away by reverting back to the status quo.

 

“The SNP has always believed that the right to vote should be extended to 16 and 17 year olds for all elections - and with the vibrant, passionate contribution of our young people to the incredible democratic debate Scotland enjoyed during the referendum, they have more than repaid that faith.

 

“That is why I am so pleased that the First Minister has reiterated her commitment to ensuring sixteen and seventeen year olds will have the right to vote in time for the 2016 election – and why it is so essential for Westminster to deliver this power quickly, to allow our young people to make their voices heard in Scotland’s election.

 

“Westminster must ensure these powers are transferred as a matter of urgency – it would be completely unacceptable if young people in Scotland found themselves disenfranchised as a result of Westminster’s inaction.”

 

 

 

 

 

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