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Last Updated: Sunday, 19 November 2006, 10:04 GMT
A new electorate for the Isle of Man
The Isle of Man has given voting rights to 16 and 17 year-olds for its elections in the coming week.

Here are differing points of view from two first-time voting teenagers...

Jemma Cornmell's views...

Jemma Cornmell 17-years-old
Jemma Cornmell 17-years-old

"I have registered to vote in the Manx elections because I felt it was important to share in the historical event of extending the franchise of young adults.

"From my personal point of view I am keen to promote the ideas of young people on the island and have attempted to research the candidates for someone who may have a more realistic approach to representing our views.

"I feel strongly that the position of taxing 16-year-olds on the Island surely makes it even more important that young people should make use of their new opportunity to vote. I am looking forward to the prospect of casting my vote on 23 November.

James Gallagher's views...

James Gallagher 18-years-old
James Gallagher 18-years-old

"I have not registered to vote for a variety of reasons.

"The candidates are all significantly older than this new franchise group and I do not believe that they will be able to identify with the needs and ideas that we share.

"They have not attempted to persuade us to become involved until the latest stages of the campaign which suggests that they are merely canvassing for votes rather than support from our generation.

"If this is the case then we would be unlikely to see any progress made in representing our views after election. I am also disinclined towards voting because we rarely have any contact with politics on the Island and see little impact of it in our daily lives.

The Isle of Man - some facts...
The Isle of Man is not part of the United Kingdom, but a Crown Dependency
The Queen is the Lord Proprietor of the Island and is formally referred to on the Island as "The Queen, Lord of Mann"
Its Parliament is called the Tynwald
It is the world's oldest Parliament in continuous existence, more than 1,000 years
The Tynwald is the world's only tricameral parliament - the House of Keys (the lower house), the Legislative Council (upper house), and the Tynwald Court (the two houses sitting together)
At the elections to the House of Keys on 23 November, 16 and 17 year olds will be able to vote

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