Update: KNZ calls for immediate parliamentary debate on vote 16
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Update with statement from PD below – Last September, in a joint letter, KNZ President along with the Presidents of ADZ, FZL, MZPN, Pulse and SDM asked for a parliamentary debate on the right to vote for 16 and 17 year olds to be extended to all elections prior to the election which will take place in 2018.
Since then, the KNZ said that it has written to all Members of Parliament to inquiry what are their thoughts on the motion which was presented late last year by Marlene Farrugia and David Agius so that youths aged 16 will be eligible to vote in all elections.
KNZ continued by saying that it has received an answer from both parliamentary groups and Giovanna Debono from Gozo (the independent MP), on how they shall be voting once the aforementioned motion is presented in parliament and a vote is taken.
“Both the Nationalist parliamentary group and Giovanna Debono said that they will be supporting the motion once it is tabled and a vote is a taken. Whilst Labour Whip answered in the name of the Labour parliamentary group saying that this year there will be a consultation process with the aim to analyse the extension of granting voting rights to 16 year olds to MEP elections and General Election.”
KNZ concluded by saying that once again calls, like it did last September together with all youth and student political organisations, for an immediate discussion on the subject in Parliament and for this proposal to be implemented before the next general election in 2018.
Update: Partit Demokratiku supports KNZ’s call for an immediate parliamentary debate.
Partit Demokratiku’s leader Marlene Farrugia and David Agius from Partit Nazzjonalista presented a motion to the speaker of the house back in September so that the constitution is amended to allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote in both the general election and the election for MEPs.
Partit Demokratiku said in a statement this morning that it supports KNZ, ADZ, FZL, MZPN, Pulse and SDM’s call for an immediate parliamentary debate.
“Partit Demokratiku believes that such a right should not be delayed to after the upcoming election. Youths have already been granted a right to vote in local council elections. It is time to take it a step further and grant voting rights to 16 and 17 year olds for the upcoming elections. If youths are fit to vote for local councils, then they are also fit to participate in elections which will have a greater impact on their future.”