New Zealand is considering legislation to allow 16-year-olds to vote following a Supreme Court ruling that the current voting age of 18 is discriminatory.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is in favor of lowering the voting age to 16. (Photo: Reuters)
The decision to consider giving 16-year-olds the right to vote followed a landmark Supreme Court ruling that the current age of 18 was “discriminatory” and violated young people’s human rights, it has been reported. guardian.
Although Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern personally supports the change, the bill to lower the voting age requires the support of at least 75 percent of all MPs in Parliament. The government currently does not have the numbers to pass such a bill.
“I personally support lowering the voting age but it’s not just about me or even the government, any change to electoral law of this nature needs the support of 75 per cent of MPs,” Jacinda Ardern said. freedom On Monday.
The New Zealand court argued that young people should be able to vote on issues such as the climate crisis, which would disproportionately affect them and their future. A few countries, such as Brazil, Austria and Cuba, allow only those under 18 to vote.