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LOCAL DEMOCRACY WEEK: ELECTRONIC ELECTIONS AND YOUTH MANIFESTOS IN St ALBANS

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Having to pay adult prices without an adult budget will be one of the issues young people can debate on a new websi...
Having to pay adult prices without an adult budget will be one of the issues young people can debate on a new website, launched by St Albans DC during national Local Democracy Week.

Secondary schools and youth councils produced their youth manifestos following a series of interactive, e-mock elections organised by St Albans DC.

Says portfolio holder for information and communication Julian Daly: 'Citizenship work in schools is important for a healthy, local democracy. We need to encourage young people to be aware of how decision-making takes place and use their vote at election time.'

The council visited Beaumont and St Albans Girls School to talk about local democracy and hear young people's ideas and policies for improving the community. E-elections with the school's sixth form followed to find the most popular candidate and manifesto.

Winners from each school and manifestos for both St Albans and Harpenden Town youth councils are now on the website for school students and the community to view. Under 18s will be able to vote for an overall winner that will be presented to the district council.

Young people's manifestos - www.voteyourway.org.uk

NOTES:

E-mock elections were first launched in the run up to the e-voting pilot for the local district and parish elections in May 2003. The event at Sir John Laws School won recognition from the Electoral Commission as part of a large scale public education campaign.

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