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Ministerial Statement on The Smith Commission and the 16-17 Year Old Voting Franchise, 2/12/14 [S]

Ministerial Statement in the Scottish Parliament on 2 December 2014 from the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constituion and Economy, John Swinney on The Smith Commission and the 16 - 17 Year Old Voting Franchise.

He said:
"The most pressing need is for early action to secure the powers for the Parliament to enfranchise 16 and 17-year-olds—as the Scottish Government would like to do, and for which there is support across the political spectrum in the Parliament—in time for the 2016 election.

All of us watched the tremendous success of the extension of the franchise to 16 and 17-year-olds for the referendum, which was a model of democratic participation and engagement. It is essential that the commitments that were made to 16 and 17-year-olds during the referendum campaign are extended to ensure that they can participate in the elections to this Parliament in 2016. The First Minister repeated the commission’s call for early action on representation for 16 and 17-year-olds in her letter to the Prime Minister last week, and I am sure that the whole Parliament is hopeful of a positive response to that proposition."

For full details see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 2 December 2014 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 2 December 2014