Scottish Youth Parliament elections

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VOTING is underway in the 2017 Scottish Youth Parliament elections, with prospective representatives for both city constituencies already battling it out at the ballot box.

Young people between the ages of 12 and 25 are casting their vote at roadshows hitting each secondary school, Dundee and Angus College and Abertay and Dundee universities between now and March 17.

The Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP), which holds elections every two years, is the elected voice of the country’s young people giving them a national platform to discuss important issues and influence the changes they wish to see.

SYP played a significant role in helping secure votes for 16 year-olds in Scottish Parliament and the country’s local government elections and has also been a key voice in the drive for equal marriage through its Love Equally campaign.

Dundee City Council’s community learning and development youth work teams are supporting not only the young candidates in the city’s east and west constituencies but also making sure eligible voters make their mark.

The team has already visited St Paul’s, Grove, Harris and Morgan academies and will be setting up election booths on tomorrow (Thursday) at St John’s High School and the following day at Baldragon Academy.

Next week will see the booths at Craigie High on Monday (March 13), Braeview Academy the next day, Dundee & Angus College’s Kingsway  and Gardyne campuses on Wednesday (March 15) and at Abertay University on Thursday, rounding off the roadshows at Dundee University on Friday March 17. A ballot box is also available at The Shore until voting closes on March 17.

SYP’s current campaign, Speak Your Mind, focuses on raising awareness of mental health, empowering young people to talk positively about it, and calling for accessible, high quality services and information.

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