Scottish Youth Parliament
For immediate release
Over 70,000 young people voted in the recent Scottish Youth Parliament Elections to choose the candidates they feel will best represent their views on important issues affecting Scotland’s youth.
Young people the length and breadth of the country voted for candidates in their constituency or national voluntary organisation during the election fortnight (3-17 March).
The turnout surpassed the total number of votes cast in the 2015 Election, which demonstrates the continued level of engagement young people have with SYP.
Over 300 candidates campaigned for their place in SYP’s 2017-19 membership, with many young people participating in hustings, speaking at schools, and taking part in other engagement events in their local communities.
The successful candidates will go on to be the voice of those they represent on matters most important to young people in Scotland when they officially become Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MYSPs) at SYP’s next Sitting in June.
Many Members of the Scottish Parliament have lodged Motions this week congratulating the MSYP-Elects, commending the work of SYP in enabling young people to engage in politics, and reminded fellow MSPs of the importance in hearing young people’s voices in order to make decisions which affect them and their futures.
Chair of SYP, Terri Smith MSYP, said: “This has been a great Election, and it’s been brilliant to see the level of engagement young people in Scotland continue to have with SYP on all levels.
“I’d like to offer my thanks to all the local authorities and voluntary organisations which helped to facilitate the elections, and enabled them to run so smoothly.
"I’d also like to congratulate those who have successfully been elected - a very exciting two-year term awaits!
“Commiserations go to all the young people who were unsuccessful this time, but I would add, please, don’t be disheartened. Your voice matters, and SYP needs your input to continue to effect positive change in the lives of young people across the country.”