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16 and 17 year olds to vote on independence

A Bill that will give 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote in the independence referendum has been passed by the Scottish Parliament.

Speaking after the Parliament passed the legislation, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:

“The independence referendum is an opportunity to ensure that key decisions about Scotland are made by the people who live here rather than by politicians at Westminster.

“Young people have the greatest stake in this country’s future and I am very proud that the Parliament has given them the right to vote on 18 September 2014.

“The legislation is a crucial step towards next year’s historic vote.''