Call for Northern Ireland teens to take to the polls


Young people are being urged to become more involved in politics as the polls open for the first ever Northern Ireland Youth Congress and the UK Youth Parliament.

They have until February 12 to vote online for candidates to represent their interests in both institutions. All candidates are aged 11-18.

The elections are being run by the Northern Ireland Youth Forum (NIYF) and the British Youth Council (BYC).

NIYF project worker Claire King, who is overseeing the Youth Congress election, said: “The Youth Congress will be a place where young people will represent their peers, create social change and promote youth voice to decision-makers locally.”

David Clark, from the BYC, who is running the UK Youth Parliament election, added: “We are calling on young people to take to the polls and engage in democracy to elect representatives who will effect real change and ensure young people’s voices are heard at all levels.”

To vote, visit; click on the appropriate area; look at the candidates; read their manifestos; and click the green button to vote.

The results are due out on February 13.