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Union backs 16-age referendum move
The independence vote should be extended to people as young as 16, according to the largest teaching union.
Lowering the age limit from 18 would help to foster citizenship and give young people a greater say in the future of their country, the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) argues.
The suggestion is in the union’s submission to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the staging of the referendum, which could be held in autumn 2014.
Allowing younger teenagers to cast their vote is among First Minister Alex Salmond’s plans.
Larry Flanagan, general secretary of the union, said: “The EIS believes that 16 and 17-year-olds should have the vote in the referendum on Scotland’s future, which is their future.
“Extending the franchise to 16 and 17-year-olds will help to foster active citizenship by giving young people a greater say in the decisions that will affect them now and in the future.
“Encouraging pupils to be responsible citizens and effective contributors are two of the key principles of Curriculum for Excellence, and there are few better ways of encouraging these capacities than by extending the right to vote and enabling young people to play a full part in the democratic process.
“At the age of 16, young people can secure employment, pay taxes and get married. They can join the armed forces. It is wholly appropriate that they should also have the right to vote on the decisions that affect them, and to have a fair say in who is elected to represent them at local or national level.”
The EIS represents 80% of teachers and lecturers