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New Zealand recognizes adulthood as an age discrimination

Residents of this country who have reached the age of 16 are considered full citizens, but have no right to vote for another two years

Residents of this country who have reached the age of 16 are considered full citizens, but have no right to vote for another two years

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Supreme Court of New Zealand reignedaccording to which the limitation of the right to vote to 18 years is contrary to the basic law.

Residents of this country who have reached the age of 16 are considered full citizens, but they do not have the right to vote for another two years. The court therefore called the existing restrictions discriminatory.

The next step to change the age limit for voting should be to discuss the issue in parliament at a session of a special committee.

An initiative group called Make It 16 argues that voting from the age of 18 is not only against the laws, but also against common sense, since in the country you can get a permit and work full-time from the age of 16. In addition, there are no benefits for 16-year-olds, including tax benefits.

“The government and parliament cannot ignore such a clear legal and moral message. They should let us vote,” said Make It 16 leader Cayden Tipler.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she is not personally opposed to a lowering of the voting age, but that such a serious decision would require the support of three-quarters of MPs, which seems doubtful given that the country’s largest opposition party proposal is not supported.

By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org