Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Youthquake is coming....3rd May

Should 18-year-olds get to vote? WP youth forum to debate issue
By Jeremy Au Yong

LET 18-year-olds vote - that notion will be the focus of a public forum organised by the Worker's Party (WP) youth wing this Saturday.

The question may not traditionally have been a major political point, but WP youth wing organising secretary Bernard Chen, 22, said that the topic was chosen because it is one that is 'close to his heart'.

'If youth had a chance to vote at a younger age, I think the likelihood is greater that they will get involved and interested in government and politics,' he said.

He disagreed with the notion that the young may not be serious enough for such a responsibility.

Currently, the official voting age is 21.

The forum will be the first in a series that the opposition party has named YouthQuake, meant as a platform for raising youth-centric issues.

Read the full story in Thursday's edition of The Straits Times.


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