This evening, Parliament will start debating the Bill proposing that 16-year-olds should be given the right to vote in general elections and in MEP elections, as well as any future referenda.
In a post on FB, Parliamentary Secretary Julia Farrugia Portelli said that this will be another historical step, after 16-year-olds were already given the right to vote in local council elections. Almost three ago, 4,500 teenagers aged 16, voted for the first time in local council elections.
TVM is informed that the amendments which are being proposed in the Bill will include extending the right to vote to more than 8,500 young people who will have turned 16 at the time of the MEP elections in 2019, if the law passes through Parliament.
This means that Malta will be the second country in the EU and the tenth country in the world which would have given the right to vote to those who are 16 years old.
UPDATE: 16-year-olds to be given right to vote