11th May 2021

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16-year-olds may get right to vote at council elections

Facilitating the debate: Steve Kelshaw of Coleg Sir Gar

Sixteen and 17-year-olds in Wales will be given the right to vote in council elections, under plans announced by the Welsh Labour government. If approved the plans could be implemented by 2022.

The proposals will bring Wales in line with the Scottish government, who decided to extend the franchise to 16 and 17-year-olds in all Scottish parliamentary and council elections.

When implemented it will leave sixteen and 17-year-olds in England and Northern Ireland at odds with those in Scotland and Wales.

According to Local Government Cabinet Secretary Alun Davies, 70,000 people would be affected by the changes.

Llanelli Online visited Coleg Sir Gar’s Graig campus to speak to some 16-year-olds about the proposals and to find out what kind of issues they are facing.

You can watch the film here:

Should 16-year-olds be able to vote in council elections? from Llanelli Online on Vimeo.

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