Young voters urged to have their say on the referendum

All 16-17 year olds have been urged to respond to an online survey produced by the Scottish Parliament committee tasked with examining the devolution of further powers to The Scottish Parliament.

The Scottish Parliament is looking for 16-17 year olds to fill in the online questionnaire asking for their opinions and experience of the recent Scottish Independence Referendum.

Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP Fiona McLeod said: “The level of political engagement across Scotland has been one of the best aspects of the referendum. At 91 per cent turnout, East Dunbartonshire was a shining example of that, which is why I want to see that engagement continue to thrive.

“I was particularly struck by the engagement of young people in the many schools, colleges, universities and youth groups that I spoke at over the course of the referendum campaign.

“I firmly believe that the Scottish Parliament made the right decision in extending the vote to 16 and 17-year-olds.

“With the announcement of the Smith Commission recommendation to devolve the power to extend voting to 16 and 17-year-olds for both Scottish Parliament and local government elections, I would hope to see the franchise extended in Scotland permanently.

“The Scottish Parliament is looking for 16-17 year olds to fill in this online questionnaire asking for their opinions and experience of the referendum. The survey can be found here: http://surveymonkey.com/r/2XVXMYL “