Monday start for Devon youth elections

PUBLISHED: 14:49 14 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:12 17 June 2010

TWENTY SEVEN young people aged 11-18 who want to give a voice to youth issues in Devon have put themselves forward to represent Devon in this year s UK Youth Parliament elections

TWENTY SEVEN young people aged 11-18 who want to give a voice to youth issues in Devon have put themselves forward to represent Devon in this year's UK Youth Parliament elections

Of these 20 will be elected, five from each of four geographic areas of Devon to represent the county as members of UK Youth Parliament with deputies to support them.

They will be involved with Devon County Council's top decision-makers.

The 'UR Voice, UR Devon' elections 2009 are being held in schools, colleges, youth centres and projects from next Monday, January 19, until Wed January 28.

The results will be announced at a ceremony at County Hall, Exeter, on Saturday, January 31 and successful members will take up their posts on February 1.

DCC's executive member for Children and Young People's Services, Cllr John Smith, said: "We are now in our eight year of a youth parliament in Devon, and have established a really good record in engaging young people in the democratic process, which has had a very positive impact on the decisions we make that affect young people.

"I hope young people will take this opportunity to get involved in this year's elections. Politics doesn't just have to be about people in suits at Whitehall - it affects everything we do and everything we want to do, and young people have a real opportunity to influence this by voting for the person who can best represent their views."

As part of the election process, candidates took part in workshops where they wrote their manifestos and recorded a one-minute pledge, which will be shown in schools, youth centres and other projects around Devon.

Young people will then have a chance to vote for their preferred candidate using ballot boxes at these venues.

The UKYP has been active in Devon for eight years and is a voice for young people on local, regional and national issues with 400 Members (MYPs). It splits Devon into four areas: North and West Devon and Torridge; Mid and East Devon; South Hams and Teignbridge; and Exeter.


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