Councillor welcomes vote decision

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A Local Councillor has welcomed the decision to allow sixteen and seventeen year olds to take part in the vote for Scotland’s future.

Councillor Alison Evison said: “It is excellent to hear the acknowledgement that our young people are capable of considered decision making. I think it is now important that we make plans to allow them to vote in all elections, not just the referendum. “

“The Curriculum for Excellence talks of developing “responsible citizens” from a very young age: we must now begin to give them more responsibility within our communities. Young people can play a part in community councils and local development groups. We must also give far greater attention to the valuable work of the Aberdeenshire Youth Council and the Scottish Youth Parliament.

“We can now concentrate on addressing the real arguments within the independence debate. I have confidence that during the next two years more and more people will come to the conclusion that we are indeed “Better Together” .

An historic agreement was reached this week when Prime Minister David Cameron and First Minister Alex Salmond paved the way for a vote in autumn 2014, with a single Yes/No question on Scotland leaving the UK.