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Polls close for the 2021 SYP elections

A young person is putting a ballot paper into a ballot box being held by an SYP staff member
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The 2021 Scottish Youth Parliament elections polls have now closed.

The process started in May this year when over 700 young people from across Scotland expressed an interest in standing to become MSYPs. Now, the votes will be counted to determine the young people who will represent their constituency or National Voluntary Organisation for the next two years.

The results of the elections will be announced by the relevant Local Authorities and National Voluntary Organisations on social media or at special events. Once the elected MSYPs have been announced, SYP will post them on our website.

Josh Kennedy MSYP, Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament, congratulated the young people who stood in the 2021 election and said:

“We’ve witnessed fantastic campaigning from young people on the issues that matter most to them. Watching the campaign has given me confidence that SYP will be in the safe hands of passionate and inspiring young people for the next two years.

“On behalf of SYP, I want to thank everyone who has supported the elections on social media, in Local Authorities, in schools, colleges, universities, youth groups, places of work across the country, and more. A particular thanks go to the Named Election Coordinators in each Local Authority and National Voluntary Organisation, without their work these elections would not have happened. A huge thank you also to the young people across Scotland who came out to vote in the SYP elections – your votes give MSYPs the democratic mandate to represent you and voice your opinions on the issues that matter most to young people directly to Scotland’s decision-makers.

“As the votes are being counted, I want to extend a particular thanks to the young people who put themselves forward to stand to become MSYPs and wish all the candidates good luck. Your decision to campaign to represent young people in your area or NVO, whether you’re elected or not, made these elections what they were, so thank you once again.”

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