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Candidates prepare for youth parliament

Published Thursday, 17 December 2015

Young people across Enfield go to the polls from 16 – 26 November to elect their representatives to Enfield Council’s Youth Parliament.

And four candidates from Broomfield School in Southgate are preparing their election statements and gearing up for the election.

Students at this school are electing their representatives – one member and a deputy, on Thursday 26 November.

Broomfield’s candidates want to ensure that everyone entitled to vote takes part and are distributing their statements and appearing at meetings to explain why they should be elected. They summed up their views:

Kaycie Catwell aged 15
“Qualities of a good representative shouldn’t be stated but demonstrated.  If I was elected my aim would be to encourage the independence of young people and introduce more internships and projects.”

Bogdan Arhire aged 14
“Together we can make a change for the better; for the people of tomorrow.”

Nirina Chinegadoo aged 13
“You have been deprived of a voice for so many years.  Vote for me and you will have a voice once again.”

Andrei Ciupercovici aged 12
“I will work for the people of Enfield, I will give you the confidence needed and if you give me your vote it equals to a better Enfield.”

At a celebratory results night on Friday evening 27 November, at St Anne’s Lower School in Enfield Town, the results will be announced by returning officer for the night, Cllr Ayfer Orhan, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services and Protection.

Cllr Orhan, said: “Enfield Council regards the Enfield Youth Parliament as an important contributor to its policy making especially on issues affecting young people. Its members have taken part in the Overview & Scrutiny decisions and influenced council budget consultations last year.

“Through the Enfield Youth Parliament young people have a voice to be heard through their representatives. It is important that they read the candidate statements and consider who would act well on their behalf.”

At this election, colleges and youth centres are also fielding candidates as well as secondary and special schools bringing the full candidate list to 50.

Over 9,000 young people aged from 11 – 19 and up to 25 for those with Special Educational Needs are expected to vote for 18 members of the Enfield Youth Parliament plus 18 deputies.

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