Welcome for extended franchise for Scottish independence referendum

By staff writers
26 Jun 2013

Political reformers have welcomed approval by the Scottish Parliament of a bill extending the franchise to young people for next year's independence referendum.

Patrick Harvie, MSP for Glasgow and a member of Holyrood's Referendum Bill committee, commented: "Giving sixteen and seventeen year olds the vote has long been Scottish Green Party policy and it's welcome that everyone except the Tories understood the importance of making it happen next September. Whatever the result of the referendum we will continue to campaign for votes at 16 in all elections."

He added: "I'm disappointed my amendments on referendum votes for prisoners did not find favour. Scotland risks being out of step with human rights and an opportunity to aid rehabilitation has been missed.

"Now the franchise has been agreed by Parliament we look forward to the publication of the Government's white paper in the autumn, and Scottish Greens will continue to reach out to undecided voters, highlighting the opportunities to transform our society by voting Yes," said Mr Harvie.

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