Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 23 November 2014

Youngest MLA calls for vote at age of 16

Megan Fearon
Megan Fearon

The Assembly’s youngest member is heading up a campaign to reduce the voting age in Northern Ireland by two years to 16.

Sinn Fein’s Megan Fearon is proposing the move along with Green Party leader Steven Agnew who insisted people old enough to get married, pay taxes and join the army should be allowed to vote.

The Stormont debate will take place when the Assembly returns from its week-long Halloween recess — but any change would be unlikely to be implemented before the next election.

The 21-year-old Newry and Armagh MLA argued: “Many young people are feeling disenfranchised from the electoral process even though at 16 young people are very politically aware and able to make informed choices. It is important their voice is heard.

Mr Agnew added: “If we are going treat young people as adults in so many other respects, then I believe they should be afforded the same rights when it comes to voting.”

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