Candidates wanted for youth parliament

LOCAL youngsters are being urged to make a difference in their community through the Scottish Youth Parliament.

The Community Learning and Development Service and the Scottish Youth Parliament are working with Angus Council to ask young people to stand as candidates in he forthcoming youth parliament elections.

The Parliament provides young people aged 14 to 25 with a platform to represent fellow youngsters across Scotland and gives them an opportunity to influence politicians and formal decision makers.

It is the democratically elected voice of Scotland’s young people and campaigns on a wide range of issues.

In the 2011 Scottish Youth Parliament elections, nearly 85,000 votes were cast across the country.

The nomination period for election to the parliamnent opened on October 10 and nomminations can be made until December 7.

Any young person with a passion for democracy, aged between14 to 25 and living in Scotland is eligible to stand for election.

Elections will be held in March 2013.

Successful candidates are supported during their term as members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYP) by community learning and development staff based at Montrose Road Centre in Forfar.

The Scottish Youth Parliament can have a membership as big as 200 young people with 146 constituency MSYPs with space for two MSYPs from each of the 73 Scottish Parliament constituencies.

Constituency MSYPs are elected through elections across Scotland’s 32 local authority areas.

Around 54 voluntary organisation MSYPs with space for two MSYPs from each voluntary organisation that signs up to become a member of the Scottish Youth Parliament are also included.

Any questions about the process or what is involved in being a MSYP should be directed to Rikki Beattie, community learning and development, Montrose Road Centre, Montrose Road, Forfar or telephone 01307 473662.