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Young people urged to get involved in European Parliamentary Election

April 30, 2019 7:36 PM

Young people are being encouraged to make sure they're registered to vote and have their say in the upcoming European Parliamentary Election.

The election takes place on 23 May and people only have until 7 May to register to vote, if they aren't already registered.

This will be the first major election people born in the 21st century will have the opportunity to vote in, and members of Wiltshire's Youth Parliament (MYP) don't want young people to miss their chance.

Aanya Verma, MYP for Wiltshire West, said: "I believe it's incredibly important that young people vote because it gives them the opportunity to partake in the democratic process and elect decision makers for their country. It's crucial considering that young people are the future generation and the outcomes of today's vote can directly impact their future.

"For someone who doesn't think it's important, I think they should definitely reconsider because they are risking the choices made for them by people who are not elected by them. The changes desired by today's young generation can only be brought by themselves. And for that reason it's extremely important to register and cast their vote.

"In the past, people have laid their lives to earn this privilege, which today's generation risks squandering by choosing not to register or cast their vote."

YPHeather Newton, MYP for Wiltshire East, said: "It is vital young people are registered to vote for the European Parliamentary Election because it is a rarity they may not be fortunate to receive again, so we must make it count.

"To someone who doesn't think it is important to vote I would say, 'why waste your vote?' In a world were information is at our fingertips, why would you not use it and educate yourself?

"Young people need to use their vote because we are the future. Our opinions and thoughts are necessary for the future of society, the country and the world."

Carlton Brand, Wiltshire Council Executive Director and Wiltshire's Returning Officer, said: "The future generations are the ones who will be mostly impacted by decisions made in elections so we are really keen for young people to participate.

"We always hope for a high turnout in elections as it demonstrates the county is democratically engaged, and young people getting involved will be absolutely key to that."

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