A few minutes ago, the Maltese Parliament has approved a constitutional amendment which lowers the voting age in General Elections and European Parliament Elections to the age of 16. KNZ expresses its satisfaction and thanks all stakeholders who worked hand in hand to make this a reality. This move is surely a step in the right direction and KNZ believes that Malta should now increase it focus on a number of other issues in relation to youths’ rights.

Primarily, KNZ emphasises the need for both formal and informal methods of education to increase knowledge-based civic education. These methods would increase vote 16’s effectiveness and recognition amongst the Maltese population in general. KNZ encourages the relevant authorities to take bold steps to make sure that tomorrow’s voters are empowered to take their decisions in a responsible manner.

In connection to this issue, KNZ also draws attention to a number of anomalies in Maltese law, namely the current sexual age of consent at the age of 18 and the current state of Maltese law, whereby youths are encouraged to become active citizens and involve themselves in voluntary organisation, whilst prohibiting voluntary organisations from registration if they allow the involvement of youths under the age of 18.

 

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