London: Scotland`s Parliament has voted to allow 16 and 17 year olds to cast ballots in next year`s independence referendum.
The measure, passed on Thursday by a vote of 103 to 12, will allow citizens younger than 18 to vote in Britain for the first time.
It is a one-off change and will not apply to local elections or votes for the British Parliament.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said "young people have a significant stake in this country`s future" and it was only right they should get a say.
The referendum on September 18, 2014, will ask Scots whether they want to remain part of the United Kingdom or become an independent country.
Scotland`s governing Scottish National Party supports independence, while the opposition Labour and Conservative parties oppose it.