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East Dunbartonshire Youth Elections

Elections for the Scottish Youth Parliament and East Dunbartonshire Youth Council will be taking place simultaneously across East Dunbartonshire from Monday 4 March to Friday 15 March 2013.

Anyone, who currently lives, studies or works in East Dunbartonshire and is aged between 12-25 will be able to vote in the Scottish Youth Parliament elections, while anyone aged 12-18 can vote in East Dunbartonshire Youth Council elections.

The Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) represents Scotland’s young people. Democratically elected members, aged 14-25, listen to and recognise the issues that are most important to young people, ensuring that their voices are heard by decision makers.

The East Dunbartonshire Youth Council (EDYC) represents the collective voice of young people in the local area. Youth Councillors are voted for by young people aged 12-18 from their school catchment area. Youth Councillors meet once a month to discuss issues of local importance to young people. They also represent young people’s views to the council and are consulted on issues affecting young people.

Councillor Eric Gotts, Convenor of Education, said, “These elections give young people a voice. It’s their opportunity to elect candidates that can express their opinions and views to decision makers and I would encourage all young people in East Dunbartonshire to take the time to vote.”

Voting can be can be carried out online for SYP and EDYC using the Young Scot website, making East Dunbartonshire Council the first local authority in Scotland to use e-voting for local and national elections at the same time - all voters need is a valid Young Scot card number and school pupils will be given a card and a time to vote at school during the election period.

Polling stations will also be set up by Community Learning & Development and Children’s Services at the following locations on the dates listed below for use by both school age and non-school age young people:

•Bearsden Academy – 5 March 2013

•Turnbull High – 6 March 2013

• Kirkintilloch High – 7 March 2013

•Lenzie Academy – 8 March 2013

•Bishopbriggs Academy – 11 March 2013

•St Ninian's High – 13 March 2013

•East Dunbartonshire Campus of Further and Higher Education – 13 March 2013

•Douglas Academy – 14 March 2013

•Boclair Academy – 15 March 2013

In addition, the Young Scot Info mobile bus will provide another opportunity to vote, touring different locations in East Dunbartonshire on 7 and 9 March 2013 and young people can also use their own computer or smartphone from any location to vote.

Any young person who does not have a Young Scot card can collect one from the Kirkintilloch Community Hub within William Patrick Library or from Brookwood Villa in Bearsden, by providing proof that they live, work or study in the area, along with photographic ID.

The results of the elections will be announced at a celebratory event for candidates, their families and schools after 5pm on Friday 15 March 2013 and published online thereafter.

For further details on how to vote or to find out more about the candidates please visit www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk or www.youngscot.org/local/east-dunbartonshire

Date: Monday 4 March 2013