Vot­ing age for ref­er­enda could fall to 18: politi­cians

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Law­mak­ers across party lines agreed Wed­nes­day that the vot­ing age for ref­er­enda should be low­ered from 20 to 18.

Af­ter a re­view of an amend­ment to the Ref­er­en­dum Act, leg­is­la­tors reached a con­sen­sus that cit­i­zens who are 18 or older can vote in ref­er­enda.

How­ever, peo­ple who are deemed by the courts to be in­ca­pable of mak­ing an in­formed de­ci­sion through dis­abil­ity will not be al­lowed to vote.

The low­ered min­i­mum vot­ing age is aimed at let­ting more young peo­ple par­tic­i­pate in the elec­toral process.

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