The elections watchdog has said that the minimum voting age should remain at 18, while recommending lowering the minimum age for Westminster candidate from 21 to 18.I know that it is popular to campaign for the reduction in the minimum voting age to 16, but I remain unconvinced. My recent experience from attending youth events here, and evidence presented by the Children’s Commissioner in Northern Ireland, says that this is NOT a burning issue for 16 and 17 year olds. Instead, they are more concerned about everyday issues that affect them particularly, e.g.:
- Sexual Health
- Drugs and Alcohol
- Death Driving (Joy Driving)
- Prejudice Awareness
- Political and Cultural Understanding
I would support the reduction of the minimum age to stand for parliament to 18. What reasons are there to have a different minimum age for standing? Is it not for the electorate to decide whether they want to elect a 18-20 year old?