The Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) has launched a campaign to encourage young people to vote in this year’s Scottish Parliamentary Elections. “I Vote, Does That Make Me a Geek” is designed to show young people the importance of voting and to explain why getting involved in politics can make a difference.
Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) from across Scotland will be taking the message out that voting is for everyone, not just political anoraks. With the help of some great promotional materials, including SYP branded geek/chic black glasses, MSYPs will use a series of events, ranging from youth group meetings, street campaign activities and hustings with politicians, to explain to young people in their area why they should vote on May 5th.
The campaign has been lent support by artist KT Tunstall, who, in a special video for the SYP said:
“I am in full support of the Youth Parliament because you have a very important voice. A lot of what’s happening in this country is affecting you and will affect you in your years to come, in your education, in your jobs, in everything that happens. Please don’t think that it’s geeky to vote, because it’s actually very important, and actually really cool to be a geek. I am a very proud geek, so get out and vote, have your say and use your voice, it will be heard. Good luck.”
Hamira Khan, Chief Officer of the Scottish Youth Parliament said:
“The core purpose of the Scottish Youth Parliament is to involve young people in deciding the future of Scotland. If young people want politicians to listen to them then they must go to the ballot box and make their voice heard. By getting young people to be the messengers, we hope to explain why voting is so important, and to engage young people on the issues at this election. Our message is that voting doesn’t make someone a geek, but it does mean they have a say in Scotland’s future.”
The full details of the campaign can be found at http://www.syp.org.uk/ivote.htm .
KT Tunstalls video clip supporting the campaign can be found here: http://www.syp.org.uk/news/syptv/syptv.htm