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Edition No. 119

Date:- 04 October 2003

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Join the voting and candidacy age debate online

THE Electoral Commission is urging all 14-24 year olds to take part in an extensive consultation on whether the minimum voting and candidacy age in the UK should be changed and with just four weeks remaining, the commission is saying "Please visit www.votesarepower.com by Friday 31st October 2003 to respond to a range of questions as we want your views. These include questions about whether young people under 18 should be allowed to vote or whether they should be able to stand as a candidate before they are 21."

There are several arguments for and against changing the present position. Some argue that young people can already make important decisions before they are 18 and giving them the vote at 16 could encourage more young people to be involved in the democratic process. Others suggest that 16 and 17 year olds are not sufficiently mature, or they do not know enough about the world around them, to be given the vote. Similar arguments are used about reducing the age of candidacy.

Glyn Mathias, Electoral Commissioner, said:- "We want to find out from young people themselves what they think about this important issue. By registering their views they have a genuine opportunity to make their voices heard."

Responses to the review should be made by 31st October 2003. Either write to Anthony Bellringer, Policy and Liaison Manager at The Electoral Commission, Trevelyan House, Great Peter Street, London, SW1P 2HW or visit the web page.

Tripping the light Fantastic
Photographs By Dave Evans

FIFTEEN thousand people flocked to Sefton Park this weekend to enjoy Liverpool's City of Light; a dramatic and spectacular evening of stunning visual effects.

The night sky was illuminated as lasers, lights and projection depicted the history of Liverpool on to a towering 30m high wall of water. 200,000 watts of energy were used for each 30 minute show as the high-tech laser, lighting and musical extravaganza charts the City's major events, from the signing of King john's charter to this years Capital of Culture win. The event is projected to a sound track of some of the most popular Merseyside anthems.

The audiences of all ages were mesmerised as they were taken on a unique journey of discovery about their city and it's heritage.

The event was staged and produced by Liverpool City Council and enjoyed for free throughout the weekend as Liverpool celebrated the end of the Clipper Round the World Yacht race in the lead up to 2008.

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