Democracy discussed by students at events

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DEMOCRACY in East Hampshire appears to be in safe hands after a successful series of debates and mock elections in schools.

During the events, organised in the run-up to the election by East Hampshire District Council, secondary school pupils got involved in the debates to discuss the important issues.

At Treloar College, Alton-based pupils had the chance to debate the merits of bringing the voting age down to 16.

Eggar’s School in Alton, invited pupils from Years 9 and 10 to form political parties and write manifestos while Mill Chase Community School spent two weeks before the election looking at what each of the main political parties stood for.

The Petersfield School spent a month looking at parliament, the election process, voting, the parties, manifestos and candidate information.

Alton College, Mill Chase Community School, and The Petersfield School also held mock elections of their own as part of the events.