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From the 6th of May 2021, 16 to 17-year-olds and foreign nationals living in Wales will have the right to vote in Senedd Elections for the first time. The ability for young people to exercise their democratic right is a testament to Article 12 of the UNCRC United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which states that every child and young person, including you, have the right to be listened to and taken seriously. This means that 16 to 17-year-olds can make their voices heard on an extensive array of issues that matter to them and their future. Consequently, young people will be equipped with a more effective capacity to choose their right leader who will shape the world they live in.

In addition to this, children and young people aged 14-15 can now register to vote. Although the primary focus of registering to vote is to enable you to influence the outcome of elections, it can also benefit you in the future where you will grow up as healthy and confident individuals.

When registering to vote, please consider whether you wish for a postal vote or to vote in person, as some of you may be shielding. If you haven’t already registered to vote (it is super quick and easy to fill out), please do so ASAP as time is running out: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Wales is only part of a handful of countries that allow 16 to 17-year-olds to vote, implying that a shocking number of young people from other countries are still being denied the right to vote. Therefore, utilise your right to vote make your voice heard this May, so that you can define and establish new horizons for the forthcoming Wales.

Categories: Blog, posted on 13 Apr 2021

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