Nominations open for Scottish Youth Parliament elections

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THE Scottish Youth Parliament has formally opened nominations for election to the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP).

Any young person aged between 14 and 25 is eligible to stand for election to SYP as long as they live in Scotland and have a passion for democracy.
The elections are conducted in partnership with local authorities across Scotland and the nomination period is from October 10th to December 7th.

Elections will be held in March 2013.

Comhairle Councillor Charlie Nicolson, who has worked extensively with young people, said: “I would urge any young person living in the Western Isles to consider standing for election to the Scottish Youth Parliament.

“Nominations are now open and it is important that young people have a voice in modern Scotland on a whole range of issues which directly affect them. The Youth Parliament provides access for young people to make that voice heard among the decision makers in our country.”

In the last SYP elections in 2011, more than 85,000 votes were cast for candidates. For the 2013 election SYP hope to engage over 100,000 young people in the election.

Details of how to nominate are available at www.syp.org.uk/elextions-W21page-71-