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Chouhan wants voting rights for 16-year-olds

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Bhopal, March 15, 2013
First Published: 01:17 IST(15/3/2013) | Last Updated: 01:18 IST(15/3/2013)

Amid the raging debate on lowering the age of consent for sex, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan wants the minimum age for voting to be reduced from 18 to 16.

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“I propose that we should reduce the minimum age for voting to 16 years and age for contesting elections should be brought down to 21 years,” tweeted Chouhan on Thursday.

Chouhan, who joined micro-blogging site Twitter on March 8, International Women’s Day, seven years after he assumed office, said it’s now for us to take democracy to the next level by ensuring greater participation of youth in the electoral process.

Recently, Chouhan had reiterated his demand for electoral reforms, including state funding for elections, simultaneous elections of Lok Sabha and state assemblies and no mid-term dissolution of the House.

He advised that if the ruling party loses majority in the House, the other parties should together elect a leader to run the government for the remaining term.

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