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Drive on to persuade students to vote in May election

By David Young, PA

Published 01/02/2016

A leading students' organisation is hitting the road in a bid to encourage young people to vote in May's Assembly election. Stock image
A leading students' organisation is hitting the road in a bid to encourage young people to vote in May's Assembly election. Stock image

A leading students' organisation is hitting the road in a bid to encourage young people to vote in May's Assembly election.

The union NUS-USI is taking its "campervan of dreams" on a tour of all third level education campuses in Northern Ireland this week.

President of NUS-USI, Fergal McFerran, said: "Overall voter turnout for elections to the Assembly has dropped by over 14% since 1998, yet our engagement with students across Northern Ireland suggests that they are passionate about making their voice heard.

"Students have great hopes, big dreams and excellent ideas for the future. There are so many issues that students feel strongly about, and this tour is all about saying that in order to be heard, you must register to vote.

"It's crucial that everyone registers to vote to ensure that they can have their say on all the issues that they care about."

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