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Youth elections take place in Ferndown

By Stour & Avon Magazine  |  Posted: February 15, 2013

  • Candidate Moya Dunne, with from the county, district and town councillor Toni Coombs, Councillor John Wilson, chairman of Dorset County Council and Councillor Terry Cordery, Mayor of Ferndown. MB Photo

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ELECTIONS for the UK Youth Parliament took place in schools and colleges across Dorset last week.

Amongst the venues was Ferndown Upper School where pupils had to select three candidates out of 14.

The election process was run by the School Council and replicated exactly what happens in General Elections, using the same voting booths and ballot boxes.

Hoping for success once again was Moya Dunne, 16, who was standing for the fourth time.

Moya, who was first elected when she was in at Ferndown Middle School, is studying for her GCSEs.

"My most memorable event was when I spoke in the House of Commons," said Moya, who is planning to study politics and law.

A spokesman from the school said: "We hope that doing this will encourage the students to exercise their democratic rights when they are old enough. And who knows, some may even go on to stand for election to parliament and local councils themselves."

The results of the elections were scheduled to be announced yesterday (Thursday).

Marilyn Barber


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