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Kids go to the polls to cast vote for their own mayor

PUBLISHED: 15:51 06 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:56 05 October 2010

SCHOOLKIDS get their first taste of voting in a real election in London’s East End when they vote for their own Young Mayor of Tower Hamlets’ next week. Polling stations open in schools on January 14, while voting has already begun at youth clubs to decide which of the 24 candidates aged 11 to 18 follows in the footsteps of last year’s youth mayor

SCHOOLKIDS get their first taste of voting in a real election in London’s East End when they vote for their own Young Mayor of Tower Hamlets’ next week.

Polling stations open in schools on January 14, while voting has already begun at youth clubs to decide which of the 24 candidates aged 11 to 18 follow in the footsteps of last year’s youth mayor.

Around 18,000 youngsters are eligible to vote. Turnout last year was 4,000.

The role of Young Mayor involves making sure the voice of the East End’s youth is heard, as well as representing youngsters at public events and taking a seat in the UK Youth Parliament.

The new youth mayor is inaugurated at a Town Hall ceremony on January 15, the day after the polls.

Candidates, meanwhile, have videoed their manifesto pledges which can be seen online.


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