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Drive to lower voting age.

Byline: Mohammed AL A'Ali

A NEW youth society will be polling the nation's youngsters this summer, under a campaign to lower Bahrain's legal voting age from 20 to 18.

The Hewar Society will be holding a major conference to canvass opinion, before putting the proposal to the National Assembly.

The aim will be to push the age amendment through the National Assembly, before next year's parliamentary and municipal council elections.

The conference will be part of the society's summer programme of youth activities, which will begin on June 27.

The programme will include various workshops on translation, Toastmastering, leadership and how to properly spend money, which will all be free.

It will also include fun and educational field trips to attractions around the country, but participants will have to pay any entrance fees.

All of the society's events are open to young men and women aged between 18 and 30.

"We have already held numerous workshops since being established in February and have had a large number of participants and we are expecting more in the summer," said society president Sayed Adnan Jalal.

"The society has already organised its summer events, but the schedule will not be out until early next week.

"We are searching for venues to hold our events and working on the final details.

"We have already reached agreements with all those who will lead the workshops and they are fixing their timings accordingly.

"Our workshops will be entertaining and beneficial for the participants," he said.

Mr Jalal said field trips were also being lined-up as part of the programme.

"If it is a visit to an historical site, then it will be free, but if it is a visit to the Lost Paradise of Dilmun, then participants will have to pay," he said.

The society is also planning a major conference on lowering the voting age from 20 to 18, said Mr Jalal.

"We have already spoken with parliament and MPs have given us their blessing, but they have asked that we hold a conference in which votes are collected, to ensure that it is the demand of the public," he said.

For more information contact Mr Jalal on 39233329 or e-mail the society on

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Date:Jun 21, 2009
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