Parliamentary committee says “yes” to voting rights for 16-year-olds in Norway 

Photo: Vidar Ruud / NTB

The Control and Constitution Committee in the Norwegian parliament (Storting) is in favor of allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in municipal and county council elections.

The Committee’s recommendation was put forward by the Labor Party (AP), the Socialist Left Party (SV), the Red Party (Rødt), and the Liberal Party (Venstre), according to the Storting.

The four parties together have a majority in the Control and Constitution Committee.

“Now, it is important that the politicians in the Storting use this historic opportunity to expand Norwegian democracy and give 16- and 17-year-olds real influence,” Secretary-General Birgitte Lange in Save the Children stated.

On the other hand, it is less likely that the proposal will have an impact when the entire Storting votes on the issue. 

A majority consisting of the Conservatives (H), the Center Party (SP), the Progress Party (FRP), and the Christian Democrats (KRF) are opposed to giving 16- and 17-year-olds the right to vote in local elections.

Source : © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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