ADZ re­it­er­ates its call for the vote at 16 for all elec­tions

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Al­ter­nat­tiva Demokratika Żgħażagħ yes­ter­day re­it­er­ated its long­stand­ing call for the pro­vi­sion of univer­sal suf­frage for 16-year-olds. ADZ be­lieves that 16-year-olds should not have to wait till 2024 in order to par­tic­i­pate in Gen­eral and Euro­pean elec­tions.

ADZ Chair­per­son James Gabaretta stated: “Young peo­ple are both the present and the fu­ture of our coun­try. Young peo­ple will feel both the im­me­di­ate and long-term ef­fects of po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sions taken to­day. As such, they should have a say in those de­ci­sions through the demo­cratic process.”

ADZ spokesper­son Marc' An­drea Cas­sar fur­ther stated: “AD has called for vot­ing rights to 16year-olds ever since the 2008 elec­tion. Our po­si­tion re­mains the same to­day. If 16-year-olds can work and marry, they should have the right to vote. Oth­ers are now join­ing AD in call­ing for this de­vel­op­ment to en­hance demo­cratic par­tic­i­pa­tion.”

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