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Huge turnout for assembly
1:00pm Thursday 7th March 2013 in Andover
THE new members of Wiltshire’s Assembly of Youth (WAY) took their seats on 21 February for their very first meeting following a successful election campaign which saw more than 32,000 young people vote for candidates by mobile phone.
Wiltshire residents aged 11 to 19 years were able to vote for candidates for the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) and WAY.
During the election week 32,198 young people voted for the 10 new candidates.
Wiltshire’s turnout for youth elections, which are organised by Wiltshire Council, has always been high, with previous campaigns attracting some of the highest numbers in the country.
The new representatives have already had their first taste of democracy at a UKYP handover meeting where outgoing members gave their seats over officially to the new members at Bridgwater YMCA.