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Voting Now Open For Young People’s Council


Voting Now Open For Young People’s Council

There’s still time for people aged 11-19 to cast their votes to elect new members of the Young People’s Council.

From now until Thursday (6th March), young people from across Leicester can cast their vote in the elections, which will see 40 young council members elected, representing all the wards in the city.

Any young person who is 11 to 19 years old can vote at one of the ballot boxes now located in youth clubs and libraries. A polling station day will also be held in each of then 25 schools and FE colleges that are participating in the event.

Once elected, members of the Young People’s Council (YPC) meet regularly to discuss decisions Leicester City Council is due to make. Their views are fed into the council’s scrutiny process, helping to shape local decision-making.

Young People’s Council members also find out what the local issues are that matter most to young people, and speak in support of them. They keep in touch with school councils, attend ward meetings and hold surgeries.

The four members of the YPC who poll the most votes also get the chance to represent Leicester nationally, as members of the UK Youth Parliament.

Eighteen-year-old Rahoul Naik was elected to the YPC last time around, and also served as a member of the UK Youth Parliament.

“It was great to meet with young people who have similar views, to learn from each other and then bring new ideas back to Leicester,” he said. “We also got the chance to meet the Speaker of the House of Commons and debate in the House of Commons chamber. It was an empowering experience.”

City mayor Peter Soulsby will attend the election results event, on 8th March. He said: “I’ll be delighted to welcome these young people to the council as they take up their new roles as democratically elected representatives of the city.

“I’m very proud that we have such a well established and active Young People’s Council, and I really look forward to hearing these young people’s ideas on how we can improve things in Leicester.”

Cllr Vi Dempster, assistant city mayor responsible for children, young people and schools, said: “Voting in elections for the YPC is just one of the ways in which young people in Leicester can have their say and make a difference. I hope lots of young people will get involved with local democracy by casting their vote.”

In 2012 – the last time elections were held – more than 6,500 votes were cast across the city.

Once votes have been counted, successful candidates will be announced on Saturday 8th March, with a swearing-in event held at the Town Hall on 10th March.