The votes at 16 campaign received strong endorsement on the 4th July as the Welsh government told a debate in the National Assembly for Wales that it was in favour of lowering the voting age to 16.download Fifty Shades Darker 2017 movie

Although the assembly has no powers to change the law, AMs in favour of votes at 16 say the institution should send a positive message about young people’s involvement in the democratic process. The powers to alter the voting age currently remain the UK government.

Business Minister Jane Hutt told the Senedd ‘16 and 17-year-olds are deemed old enough to pay taxes, leave school, marry and join the armed forces, alongside a wide range of other responsibilities. Therefore, the Welsh Government supports the lowering of the voting age to 16’

Guto Davies, 16, from Anglesey, was among people who met politicians in the assembly before the debate.

Mr Davies, chair of Funky Dragon, the children and young people’s assembly for Wales (a member of the votes at 16 coalition), said the law should be changed. “People aged 16 could do so many things, such as start a family, yet could not vote.”

Mohammad Asghar AM – South East Wales remarked during the debate “At the tender age of 16, children are normally living with their parents and families. Do you not think that the vote is precious and is an important point in one’s life—you vote for someone, for the future of the community and the country? Also, do you think that a child of that age, under the influence of the family, would really have his or her own opinion? It would be the parents’ opinion, not the child’s opinion.”

In the final vote 43 Assembly Members where in favour of votes at 16 with 8 against

Read the full transcript of the debate here.