Green Party announce plan to extend the voting age
The Green Party has added voting at 16 to the Green
Party priorities for electoral reform set out in Golriz
Ghahraman’s Strengthening Democracy Bill.
“Increasingly across the world we are seeing switched
on young people who are desperately unhappy with the
decisions political leaders are making about their
futures,” Green Party Co-leader James Shaw said.
“With the climate change crisis upon us, millions of
young people around the world are taking to the streets
demanding to be heard by political leaders. The decisions
made by politicians today will have a huge impact on these
young people decades into the future.
allowed to leave home, learn to drive, work and pay taxes,
they should be allowed to elect politicians making decisions
about their future”.
“It has long been Green
Party policy to support measures that enhance access to
democracy”, Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson said.
“Increasingly, we’ve seen rangatahi deeply frustrated
by the political system.
“There is a deep sense that
we must move boldly on climate action to preserve their
future. We agree and think they should have the opportunity
to have their say when it comes to political leaders who
make these decisions.
“Students feel like they’ve
been largely let down by adults over the decades. They want
to engage in democracy and their futures, and we should
absolutely make space for that”.
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