Record turnout for Islington Youth Council vote
Young people flexed their democratic muscle and turned out in their thousands to vote in Islington’s Youth Council elections.
A record number of votes were cast in schools and youth hubs on polling day, 29 November, to elect 12 youth councillors for Islington, who will represent the voices and views of their peers on Islington's Youth Council.
A record-breaking 5,815 young people went to the ballot box, an increase of more than 600 on 2015. In all 33 candidates stood for election, with voting open to everyone aged between 11 and 17 who lives or is educated in the borough.
Once again there were ballot boxes in every secondary school in Islington, at City and Islington College and the Platform and Lift youth hubs. More than 80% of pupils voted in a number of secondary schools, and overall turnout was 51% – a rise of 11% on 2015.
The current Young Mayor, Diana Gomez, said her time in the Youth Council has been “a wonderful and life-changing experience” she will never forget, adding: “I have been able to make a positive contribution not only to my borough but also to the people living in Islington.”
The election results were announced on Thursday 30 November at Islington's Assembly Hall.
The elected candidates for the Islington Youth Council are:
Arkan Ali Aqiil
Honey Baker (re-elected)