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LRA suggests lowering voting age to 16 for municipal elections

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian Regional Alliance has developed amendments to the Law on Elections of the Republic City Council and Municipality Council. The party suggests lowering voting age to 16 for municipal elections.

«Often media report news that youngsters are little interested in social developments and political processes. They forget that we have denied them the opportunity to be actively involved in political processes. At the same time, however, criminal liability comes in at the age of 14. In addition, youngsters aged 15 are allowed to enter legal employment. Youngsters also have to have personal identification documents at the age of 15. From 16 and onwards, youngsters are legally allowed to carry out transactions,» – explains LRA Saeima faction leader Dainis Liepins.

«I believe an expansion of the range of people eligible to vote would encourage youngsters to be more interested and more involved in political developments in their home regions and increase the interest of politicians in resolving matters important to youngsters. This is especially topical considering the current migration and demographic problems in our country,» – said Liepins.

The European Council has already voiced a proposal to support lowering voting age in EU member states. On 23 July, 2011, EC Parliamentary Assembly approved resolution Nr. 1826, asking member states to provide voting rights to 16-year-old citizens in all 47 European Council countries.

Estonia was the first country to follow EC’s proposal. In May 2015, Estonian government made the decision to reduce voting age from 18 to 16 for municipal elections.


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