Voting at 16 – A proud day for Malta

Back in 2003 I was only 16 years old. At the time we all know that Malta was going through the EU Referendum debate and it was an interesting time for our country. I remember one of the most vociferous discussions us youths used to have whenever we hang out together was about the right to vote.

I was among a group of teenagers that were working day and night for this referendum to pass successfully and the thing that upset me the most was that I wouldn’t be able to vote in it. I can’t even count the amount of doors that I knocked on and how many people I tried to convince to vote in favour of the EU. Even back in 2003 there was a general consensus among all youths that it was our right to vote for anything that directly impact our future, let alone something as important as joining the European Union.

Fast forward 15 years (and minus a lot of hair) and here we are! Finally we’re going to amend the law so that voting rights in Malta are given at 16 years of age. This is a huge step for Malta, a huge step in the right direction. We’re going to be the 2nd country in the European Union, behind Austria, that gives this right to 16 year olds.

All political parties agree with the amendments, which should therefore sail through the House. The motion for debate was moved by Julia Farrugia Portelli, Parliamentary Secretary for Reforms, Citizenship and Simplification of Administrative Processes while Opposition deputy leader David Agius seconded the motion.

This is the type of politics that inspire me! When we work together we can change, we can improve, we can do wonders! Well done PL, well done PN. Today you showed Malta that this country got a bright future ahead of it!