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Politics / Three in the running for youth parliament election

VOTING will open next week for the elections to the Scottish Youth Parliament, with three candidates stepping forward to represent young people in Shetland.

Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament, known as MSYPs, are aged between 14 and 25, and elected every two years with two MSYPs each for every Scottish Parliament constituency.

The three candidates for this month’s Scottish Youth Parliament elections for the Shetland constituency – (clockwise from top left) Brandon Kennedy, Joe Smith and Bertie Summers.

Across Scotland, young people aged 12 to 25 will be eligible to vote between Monday 6 November and Sunday 19 November. Young people in Shetland will be able to cast their votes online using their Young Scot National Entitlement Card.

The Shetland Islands constituency will be contested by three candidates – Brandon Kennedy, Joe Smith and Bertie Summers.

Candidate profiles can be found here.

The results of voting will be declared on Monday 20 November, which is World Children’s Day, and newly elected MSYPs will then undertake training to help them carry out their role and to decide on future campaigns.

Current MSYPs Michaela Christie and John Fraser were elected unopposed in November 2021 and their two-year term will come to an end when the new MSYPs are elected.

Shetland Islands Council convener Andrea Manson said: “I’m pleased to see three young people standing in this Scottish Youth Parliament election in Shetland and I’d encourage everyone who can vote to make sure they use their vote.

“The council is keen to involve and support young people in our decision-making and our current and previous MSYPs have worked hard to raise awareness of issues that matter to young people in Shetland.”

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