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Socialist Left Party wants to change voting age

The Socialist Left Party wants to change the Norwegian constitution to allow 16-year-olds to vote at parliamentary elections.

The party submitted a proposal to change the constitution and the case will be reviewed during the next period.

The Socialist Left Party’s program committee revealed the proposal to the press at a meeting in Oslo Thursday.

Kristin Halvorsen, head of the party, introduced the idea of lowering the voting age to 16 or 17 years of age to Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik as early as 1998. At that time the suggestion was connected to a pilot project for selected townships and counties at the local government elections in 1999.

The background for the initiative at the time was to strengthen children’s and youth’s participation in the democratic system, but Halvorsen did not get the required support.

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