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Western Isles Youth Champions, Cllr Charlie Nicolson and Donnie Steele, are encouraging young voters to vote in the forthcoming council elections.


For the first time 16 and 17 year olds have the opportunity to vote over choosing a councillor to represent their ward and their interests.


Eligible voters need to have their name on the electoral register by 17 April 2017.


Lewis and Harris Youth Champion, Cllr Charlie Nicolson, said: “I believe it is a major step forward in politics throughout our country that 16 and 17 year olds now have the opportunity to vote.


“The services which are delivered in our communities impact our young people’s opportunities and choices in life and I would encourage them all to come out and vote on the 4th of May. ”


Uist and Barra Youth Champion, Cllr Donnie Steele, said: “I am very confident that this opportunity to vote will encourage young people to participate in the decision making process for the future of our islands and I would urge each of them to have their say when the local government elections take place.”



The council elections take place on Thursday 4th May.


Young people can register to vote at


16 year olds encouraged to vote in council elections  

24 February 2017