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Young debaters battle over voting

Published Tuesday, 10 March 2015

In the Enfield Council chamber 58 children from Worcesters Primary School, debated, ‘This House believes that voting should be compulsory’.

Having prepared their speeches, honed their arguments and practised their delivery, the 10 – 11 year olds gave a sterling performance before Enfield’s Deputy Mayor, Cllr Pat Ekechi.

Four speakers from each side of the argument presented powerful reasons. Those in favour said that it was no good complaining about a government if you don’t vote.

Mustafa Adam one of the speakers for the motion made a passionate and lively plea saying, “People fought hard to get the vote”.

But the speakers against the motion won by a big margin 38 to 18 pointing out that Britain is a free nation and that people should have the freedom not to vote.

Cllr Orhan, Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Children's Services, Schools & Protection, said, “It is so important for children to have an understanding of our democracy and how it works. Well done to Worcesters School for introducing this topic to their classes.”

Main speakers
For the motion: Rashanda Simpson, Iona Knight, Sean Dougan and Mustafa Adam
Against the motion: Joseph Smith, Kiran Kaur, Charlotte Cox and Kara Nicholls

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