World / New Zealand Court Ordered Government to give voting right to 16 and 17 years old also

Zoom News : Nov 21, 2022, 01:27 PM
New Zealand Court Order to Give voting right to 16 years old also: A New Zealand court, giving a historic verdict on Monday, has ruled in favor of allowing 16 and 17 year old teenagers to vote as well. The court said that not giving voting rights to teenagers of this age is tantamount to discrimination against them. The court found that protection against age discrimination in New Zealand begins at 16 and thus granting the right to vote to only those above 18 amounts to discrimination against others.

PM is also in favor of this first

Hours after the ruling, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that 'Kiwi MPs will have to vote to decide whether the voting age should be lowered.' Ardern said, 'We believe This is an issue in parliament where everyone can have their say.' However, to do so, Ardern and her government will have to win a supermajority in parliament. Ardern said, 'I personally support lowering the voting age, but it is not just a matter of me or even of the government. Any change in this type of electoral law requires the support of 75 percent of MPs.

This proposal will be presented soon

According to the report, the ruling party is expected to table the proposal in Parliament in the coming months. However, any change in the rules will not come into effect until after the general elections next year. Explain that if New Zealand succeeds in lowering the voting age, it will join the ranks of Austria, Malta, Brazil, Cuba and Ecuador. In these countries people 16 and above have the right to vote.

judgment on this petition

Let us tell you that the verdict given by the court on Monday was given on a petition filed by a group named 'Make It 16 Campaign'. People associated with this group told that this decision has come in a two year old case.