Chance to vote for new Youth Cabinet

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YOUNG people across East Sussex are heading to the polls to elect their representatives on the county’s Youth Cabinet.

Voting began on Monday (November 4) for the Big Vote 2013, which sees 38 candidates aged 11 to 16 vying for 20 cabinet seats.

Almost 9,000 people cast their vote in the last elections two years ago, with voting this year set to take place online and in polling stations at schools, colleges and youth groups.

Candidates have the chance to represent their peers for the next two years and campaign on issues which affect their lives.

Cllr Sylvia Tidy, East Sussex County Council’s lead member for children and families, said: “This year, there is a real varied mix of candidates of different ages and backgrounds, but the thing which they all have in common is they care passionately about making a difference to the communities they live in.”

Voting runs until Tuesday, December 3. Anyone who is eligible, but is not at school or college can contact the county council’s equality and participation team to get their voting code by calling 01273 335250 or emailing participation.team@eastsussex.gov.uk. Visit www.connexions360.org.uk/bigvote.