Young people’s chance to have their say!Published Tuesday, 2nd February 2016
Young people in Rotherham will be able to get involved in local democracy this month when elections take place for the Youth Parliament.
Rotherham will be holding elections to vote for two Members of the UK Youth Parliament to represent Rotherham’s young people for the next two years.
During the week commencing 15 February 2016, young people aged 11 to 18 years will have the opportunity to have a voice in selecting which candidate they would like to be their national representative out of the six young people who are standing as candidates.
Schools and young people’s organisations throughout Rotherham will be participating in the elections.
Deputy Leader of Rotherham Council, Cllr Gordon Watson, said: “These elections are a chance for young people in Rotherham, and nationally, to get involved, have a voice and find out more about how local democracy works.
“I’m delighted that six young people locally have put themselves forward as candidates, and wish them all the best of luck in the forthcoming elections.”
The elections are being organised by the Voice and Influence Team within Rotherham Council’s Early Help for Children and Families (part of Children and Young Peoples Services), in conjunction with the Council’s Electoral Services department.
The final count of the vote will take place at Myplace on St Ann’s Road in Rotherham on Friday 19 February, with the announcement of results being made at 5 pm by the Returning Officer, Ian Thomas – the Council’s Strategic Director for Children and Young Peoples Services.
Successful candidates will begin their role on 1 March 2016 and will be involved in national campaigns selected through the “Make Your Mark” strategy, which this year are tackling racism and religious discrimination, particularly against people who are Muslim or Jewish, and Mental Health.