Youth vote polls open

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POLLS were opened this week for the first Welsh Youth Par­lia­ment elec­tion.

A to­tal of 480 young peo­ple have ap­plied to be can­di­dates and more than 13,000 young­sters aged be­tween 11 and 18 have reg­is­tered to vote.

The polls were opened on Mon­day and young peo­ple across Wales are en­cour­aged to cast their vote to choose their lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

The Welsh Youth par­lia­ment will give the coun­try’s youth a com­pletely new way to make them­selves heard at a na­tional level.

The 480 can­di­dates will bat­tle for 40 con­stituency seats across Wales.

With mul­ti­ple can­di­dates vy­ing for each seat, Wales’ young will have the choice as to who they want to send to the Senedd to rep­re­sent them. All the can­di­dates have posted their de­tails on the Welsh Youth Par­lia­ment web­site and be­gin their cam­paign­ing this week.

Any­one aged be­tween 11-18 and liv­ing in Wales can reg­is­ter to vote and can do so up un­til Novem­ber 16 with polls clos­ing at 5pm on Sun­day, Novem­ber, 25.

Vot­ing is done elec­tron­i­cally and any de­vice can be used to cast a vote once the voter has re­ceived an email with their own unique code. Re­sults are ex­pected to be an­nounced next month.

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