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Now, 16-year-olds to vote in Scottish referendum

Last Updated: Friday, June 28, 2013 - 08:49

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.


First Published: Friday, June 28, 2013 - 08:49

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