Alliance demands youth participation initiative

Alliance Party General Secretary, Allan Leonard, today welcomed a
Westminster Parliament initiative to send out a newsletter to first
time voters. It is called the ‘Voting Times’ and is being sent to every
person on their 18th birthday.

Leonard said: “This is a great scheme which I hope will boost voter
turnout and engage young people in the political process. It is
important to demonstrate to young people how their vote can make a real

“This newspaper-style leaflet will demonstrate how people power can
change the way decisions are made. The newsletter lists issues that
have a resonance with young people and informs them of the benefits of
participating in politics.

“Indeed, I will campaign to see the introduction of a similar scheme
for the Northern Ireland Assembly, as the Alliance Party is committed
to making the Agreement and the Assembly work.

“We will also do our best to connect with young people and this
initiative is a fine example of how to increase young people’s
participation in local politics in Northern Ireland.”



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