There is a debate going on in New Zealand to lower the voting age. After a decision of the Supreme Court, PM Jacinda Ardern expressed her personal views and said that she is in favor of it.
New Zealand is now moving towards taking a big decision. This decision is related to reducing the age limit for voting. In fact, in New Zealand, it is now being considered to reduce the age limit from 18 to 16 for voting. Now the MPs of the country will soon reach a conclusion about this. Giving information about this, New Zealand’s PM Jacinda Ardern has said that she personally wants that the age limit for voting should be reduced. His statement has come at a time when the Supreme Court of New Zealand has said in a decision not to allow people aged 16 and 17 to vote. According to the court, this would be discrimination between people of this age.
Reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision
Apart from the decision of the Supreme Court of the country, PM Jacinda Ardern, giving his reaction on this, also said that about 75 percent of the MPs of the country are in favor that the age of voting rights should be reduced. She said that this is according to her information, so she cannot tell the number of MPs in this regard. Let us also tell you here that there is a debate going on in many countries regarding reducing the fixed age for the right to vote. In this context, New Zealand is not even the first country to take steps in this direction.
In some countries the voting age is 16
Some countries already have lower voting ages. For example, in Austria, Malta, Brazil, Cuba and Ecuador the age limit to vote is 16 years. New Zealand’s co-director Sanat Singh is also running a campaign in this regard, which is completely opposite to the decision of the court. Commenting on the PM’s statement in this regard, Sanat said that this is a big thing. This will not only be historic for New Zealand but will also be a big deal for this campaign. He said that this issue is as big as climate change or the Corona epidemic. This is also very important for state democracy. According to him, many people will benefit from this. Let us tell you that it is very important for a person to be 18 years of age to vote in India.