Gov­ern­ment praise for coun­cil project

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

A COUN­CIL cam­paign to en­cour­age young peo­ple to reg­is­ter to vote has been praised by the Gov­ern­ment.

Ash­ford’s 16+ and Ready to Vote cam­paign last year urged 16- and 17-year-olds to reg­is­ter be­fore their 18th birth­day to en­sure they do not miss out on the right to vote.

It re­sulted in an 18 per cent in­crease of teenagers reg­is­ter­ing to vote.

The suc­cess of the cam­paign, was flagged up by Brid­get Pren­tice MP, Par­lia­men­tary Un­der Sec­re­tary of State at the De­part­ment for Con­sti­tu­tional Af­fairs.

In a speech to the As­so­ci­a­tion of Elec­toral Ad­min­is­tra- tors in Brighton, she said: “The cam­paign in­volved the pro­duc­tion of a se­ries of posters and post­cards that were dis­trib­uted among schools, youth clubs and other com­mu­nity venues such as doc­tors and den­tist surg­eries.

“The lo­cal author­ity is al­ready mak­ing plans to re­peat the cam­paign.”

Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil’s demo­cratic ser­vices man­ager Trevor Robert­son said: “The ref­er­ence to our cam­paign came out of the blue. It is great to get na­tional recog­ni­tion for our work and to be held up as an ex­am­ple of how imag­i­na­tive think­ing can in­crease par­tic­i­pa­tion in the demo­cratic process.”

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