Voting for Youth parliament members now open

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Young people in Angus can now take part in voting for their Scottish Youth Parliament representative.

The Scottish Youth Parliament is the democratically elected voice of Scotland’s young people.

It provides a national platform for young people to discuss issues important to them and affect the change they wish to see.

Young people can cast their vote by submitting a paper ballot or using the e-voting system, depending on the method chosen by their local authority. Voting for MSYP is open until this Friday (March 13).

The candidates standing in Angus North and Mearns are Ross Alexander, David Donaldson, Alexander Evison, Gregor Ironside, Robbie Nicoll and Callum Smith.

Further information on the candidates standing for election can be found online at www.syp.org.uk/elections.

Louise Cameron MSYP, Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament said: “I am delighted to announce that the voting stage of SYP national elections has launched, and voting will take place all over Scotland until Friday, March 13.

“This is a hugely momentous occasion for Scotland’s young people, and with the proven enthusiasm and commitment of young people at the forefront of shaping our society, these elections are an exciting time for everyone in Scotland.

“Being a Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament is a truly life-changing experience.”

She added: “I hope that everyone engages with the election campaigns taking place in their local area, and casts a vote for the candidate they would like to represent their views in the Scottish Youth Parliament.”

Acting Minister for Young People, Fiona McLeod, said: “Our young people are an asset to our society and it’s important that they are given every opportunity to make sure their voices are heard.

“The Scottish Youth Parliament is a great way for young people to participate and have a real influence in local and national decisions which can make Scotland a better place to live.

“I welcome the high number who have expressed an interest in standing for this year’s elections.”