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Youth has its say in year's first election

PUBLISHED: 17:27 24 February 2010 | UPDATED: 10:40 12 August 2010

YOUNG people have been voting their peers into power ahead of the forthcoming local and national elections. The Bromley youth elections saw 24 aspiring politicians elected to the Youth Council from a list of 75 hopefuls.

YOUNG people have been voting their peers into power ahead of the forthcoming local and national elections.

The Bromley youth elections saw 24 aspiring politicians elected to the Youth Council from a list of 75 hopefuls.

About 7,000 students across nine schools and three youth groups voted in the poll, which aims to get young people interested in democracy and politics.

Carol Ling, the council's electoral services manager, said: "The youth elections are a formal process based on real-life elections.

"This is to provide young people with the knowledge and skills for adult life of how to vote in local and national elections and give them an insight into the democratic process." Toyo Odetunde, 15, from Newstead Wood School, and Daniel Winter, 12, from Coopers Technology College, were also chosen for the UK Youth Parliament.

Made up of 600 youngsters from around the country, the Youth Parliament meets regularly to represent the views of young people at Westminster.

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