Votes for 16 and 17 year olds

Fast tracking votes for 16 and 17 year olds for the Scottish Parliament elections in 2016 gets the vote of Borders MP Michael Moore.

The timetable for the Section 30 Order, which devolves the power to determine the voting age for future Scottish Parliamentary elections and Scottish local government elections from the UK Parliament to Holyrood in March, has been agreed by both the UK and Scottish Government.

It went before both Houses of the UK Parliament and the Scottish Parliament last week and will be put forward for Privy Council approval in March.

Borders MP Mr Moore said: “Alongside my Liberal Democrat colleagues in Scotland and the rest of the UK, I have long campaigned for votes at 16.

“I am therefore delighted that the Scottish Secretary is fast-tracking legislation to make sure that 16 and 17 year olds will be able to vote in the 2016 Scottish Parliament election.

“At 16 young people can get married, join the armed forces and pay tax so it is absolutely right that they can vote for Governments that take decisions which directly affect them. “

He added: “The independence referendum showed the positive and active role that 16 and 17 years olds can take in the political process and the sheer number of them who voted proved that they want to make their voices heard.”