YOUNG people in Clydebank are being urged to register to vote for the upcoming local elections in West Dunbartonshire.
MSP Gil Paterson has welcomed that for the first time ever 16 and 17-year-olds are able take part in electing councillors who will form West Dunbartonshire Council.
The Clydebank MSP also emphasised the importance of local government as he appealed for all residents living in the area to register to vote.
He said: “Young people have so much to offer the democratic system of Scotland – be that in the ballot box or as candidates themselves.
“Clydebank is filled with incredibly talented, driven and positive young people who may be able to vote for the first time in their lives.
“There is no better election to begin than local government – councils are the very frontline of the delivery of public services and play a huge role in shaping our communities.
“Not just young people, I encourage everyone to ensure they are registered to vote and engage in this upcoming election.”
Visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to register on the electoral roll for May’s election – register before deadline of April 17.