THE Constitution thinktank has recommended reducing the voting age to 16 but wants the Presidential term left alone.
The Convention on the Constitution made its first decisions on potential changes to the document this morning.
The members voted by a narrow margin of 52pc to reduce the voting age. When it comes to the new age, 16 years was the favoured age.
The Convention also voted against reducing the age of candidacy and also against reducing the voting age for some types of elections.
Members voted against reducing the presidential term, by 57pc to 43pc. The Convention was overwhelmingly against holding the Presidential election on the same day as the local and European elections.
The members also voted by 94pc to 6pc for citizens to be given a say in the nomination of Presidential candidates and for reducing the age of presidential candidates from 35.
The Convention proposals will go back to the Government, which can decide to accept or reject them.
An accepted recommendation will go to a referendum.
The Convention is made up of 100 members - 66 ordinary members, 33 politicians and an independent chairman.
Yesterday, it spent the day weighing up the pros and cons of the first two items on its agenda.
The Convention is sitting for eight weekends over the course of the year.