Mackie banner promotes voter registration

(L-R) Fraser Meanen, Cameron Allan, Ian Milton (Grampian Electoral Registration Officer), Ryan Bellu and David Grant
(L-R) Fraser Meanen, Cameron Allan, Ian Milton (Grampian Electoral Registration Officer), Ryan Bellu and David Grant

Pupils at Mackie Academy have joined forces with the electoral registration officer for Grampian in a bid to boost the numbers of young people registering to vote.

Fraser, Cameron, Ryan and David (all S5) were among the pupils who designed a winning banner as part of a competition that took place across Aberdeenshire.

The banners will now be placed in all secondary schools to tie in with the 2016 electoral canvass which is currently taking place.

Canvass forms were issued to every household in the North East in August and residents must respond to them to make sure the details for each house are correct.

The Mackie Academy pupils explained: “In March this year, our school took part in the Aberdeenshire mock school election and the count was held here.

“That showed us the importance of voting and having our voice heard.”

Grampian Electoral Registration Officer, Ian Milton, added: “Sixteen and 17-year-olds are now eligible to vote in Scottish elections, including the local government elections taking place on May 4 2017.

“As part of the electoral canvass, we’re asking for the details of Aberdeenshire residents who will be 15 on or before November 30, 2016, to make sure they get registered and are therefore ready to vote as soon as they turn 16.

“Councillors play a very important role in how services that affect young people are delivered in Aberdeenshire so if you want to have your say next May, make sure you register to vote!”

You can register to vote by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

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