This year's Youth Parliament election has seen 11,344 young people aged 11 to 18 cast their vote across Northern Ireland, surpassing any previously established record and taking their opportunity to vote and decide who will represent them and campaign on the issues they feel are important.
Each month we invite youth representatives, including Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs), Deputy Members of Youth Parliament (DMYPs), Youth Councillors, Young Mayors and Deputy Young Mayors to share their stories of the positive activities they have been engaging in recently.
Political and Constitutional Reform Committee have called for the Government to introduce online voting and 16 and 17 year olds to vote in all public elections following evidence submitted earlier this year by The British Youth Council.
On Thursday 5th February 2015, British Youth Council (BYC) will mark National Voter Registration Day by calling on their members to register to vote. The UK charity, is an umbrella organisation of over 200 youth voice organisations (including NUS, Scouts, Guides, Local Youth Councils and UK Youth Parliament), is campaigning to mobilise youth influence in the election through the League of Young Voters, with a potential reach of 3 million young voters.
National Express are launching their first ever youth panel following recomendations published in June 2012 by our Youth Select Committee on public Transport and Young People. National Express is working in partnership with The British Youth Council to launch the first youth panel as part of the National Express Youth Promise.