Thousands of young people across Renfrewshire have selected their new members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) in the Scottish Youth Parliament elections 2019.
Candidates from across Scotland and young people aged 12-25 were asked to cast their votes after almost three months of campaigning, with Renfrewshire electing a total of five candidates.
More than 6000 young people across Renfrewshire exercised their right to vote, and returned the highest average votes cast per constituency in Scotland and the second highest amount nationally. Renfrewshire votes account for almost a fifth of all valid votes cast.
Returning Officer for Renfrewshire, Sandra Black said: “It’s fantastic to see the enthusiasm and desire that these young people have as they strive make a difference for their peers in Renfrewshire and I congratulate our new MSYPs on their election.
“The Scottish Youth Parliament gives them an opportunity to have their voice heard on a national level and the next two years will be invaluable life experience for them as they look to pursue a possible future career path.”
The Scottish Youth Parliament is a politically independent organisation which aims to represent young people across Scotland and provide a national platform for them to express important issues and affect the change they want to see.
Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament, Suki Wan MSYP said:” Over the past few months, we’ve witnessed fantastic campaigning taking place all over the country, with passionate debates and hustings inspiring Scotland’s young people to get involved in the democratic process by voting in the Scottish Youth Parliament elections. I’d like to congratulate all of the candidates and wish the best of luck to the newly elected MSYPs.”
The newly elected MSYPs will officially take up office at the Scottish Youth Parliament’s National Sitting in June 2019.