Wednesday 18 October 2017

Ignoring the needs of our youth in an invisible referendum

If a person can be elected to the national parliament at 21, there is no reason why they can't also be elected to the office of President
If a person can be elected to the national parliament at 21, there is no reason why they can't also be elected to the office of President

Lorraine Courtney

Amid all the hype of the marriage referendum, the other proposal - to lower the age of presidential candidates - has been side-lined as inconsequential. More diversity on the ballot and more choice are the only issues here since, ultimately, voters will continue to choose their preferred president. And by ignoring this referendum, the Government is signalling that it doesn't really value young people.

If a person can be elected to the national parliament at 21, there is no reason why they can't also be elected to the office of President.

Besides, setting the age as high as 35 discriminates against younger people who may be just as capable of carrying out the job.

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