Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride has welcomed yet more strong support for the extension of voting rights to 16 and 17-year-olds from the Children’s Commissioner Tam Ballie who outlined his support in today’s Times Education Supplement Scotland.
Tam Ballie wrote:
“Why shouldn’t 16 and 17-year-olds have their voices heard at the ballot box? Giving young adults – our current S2 and S3 school pupils – the right to vote in the 2014 referendum on independence for Scotland would reflect a widely-held vision of what we as a progressive, rights-respecting country could become.”
“Tam Baillie is absolutely right – 16 and 17-year-olds should have their say on the future of their country.
“The SNP has long supported the principle of votes at 16 and where it has the power to do so – such as for elections to health boards and the Crofting Commission – the Scottish Government has already ensured that they have that right. The other parties should listen to the Childrens’ Commissioner instead of backtracking when it doesn’t suit them. Let Scotland’s young citizens have their say on Scotland’s future”
See today’s (Friday 27 April) Times Education Supplement Scotland for full article.