Teens to take to polls for Young Mayor of Newham election
- Credit: Andrew Baker
The polling booths are opening this morning – but if you’re over 18, you’re too old to vote.
The election for Newham’s Young Mayor is taking place across the borough, with 11 to 18-year-olds selecting from 22 budding politicians.
The hopefuls have spent time preparing their manifestos, brushing up on their public speaking skills and canvassing support from their peers ahead of the big day.
Representatives from the borough’s schools and colleges will be hoping to succeed 16-year-old Yaseen Bux as the Young Mayor.
The former Langdon Academy student said: “It took a lot of commitment to win, but once I became mayor, I was very impressed.
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“My advice to the next mayor is plan ahead – you really have to manage your time.”
Ballot boxes have been placed in local schools and colleges, plus the borough’s two town halls.
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The winner will be announced tomorrow.