The countdown to Wolverhampton's annual Youth Elections is underway - and young people are being urged to stand as candidates.

The Youth Elections give young people aged 11 to 21 in secondary schools and youth clubs and members of voluntary groups the chance to seek election as a Youth Councillor or Youth MP.

The successful candidates will help ensure that young people's views are heard and can influence policies on a range of issues which affect them.

Councillor Val Gibson, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: "The Youth Elections are a key way in which young people can influence the future direction of the city and I'd encourage them to get involved, either by standing for election or by voting for their preferred candidates.

"Over the last few years our Youth Councillors and Youth MPs have worked tremendously hard to consult young people and make sure their views are heard where they really count, and we want to keep this great tradition going."

Twenty four Youth Councillors and 2 Youth MPs, along with their deputies, will be elected for the one year term. The Youth Councillors will have the opportunity to influence council decisions through the Scrutiny process and regular meetings with councillors and decision makers in the city.

The Youth MPs will be part of the United Kingdom Youth Parliament, attending national and regional meetings throughout the year.

Candidates have 2 weeks to get their nominations together and plan their election campaign. The deadline for nominations is Friday 24 January, 2014, and voting will take place from Monday 17 March to Sunday 30 March, 2014.

The elections are jointly held by Wolverhampton City Youth Council and the Wolverhampton City Council's Youth Service. All young people between the ages of 11 and 21 will be able to vote in the elections, and schools and youth projects are being invited to host polling stations.

  • released: Friday 10 January, 2014