VOTING is now open for the West Sussex youth parliament elections.
Young people can vote throughout March.
Students need a unique voter card to vote and cards will be sent to schools.
Some schools will vote online via the Your Space West Sussex website, while others prefer traditional ballot papers.
West Sussex is covered by four UK Youth Parliament areas. In each area the two candidates with the most votes are elected as members of youth parliament (MYP) and deputy MYPs.
The four geographical areas are: Chichester, West Arun; Crawley, East Grinstead; East Arun, Adur and Worthing; and Horsham and Mid Sussex.
The Chichester, West Arun area has 19 candidates standing.
West Sussex County Council member for children and families Peter Evans said: “I would urge every eligible young person in West Sussex to make the most of this opportunity and ensure they have their vote in the UK Youth Parliament elections.
“The MYPs, together with our West Sussex youth cabinet, play a vital role in helping ensure the views of young people are heard and used to inform decisions both locally and nationally.”
Details of the candidates and their manifestos can be found online at www.yourspacewestsussex.co.uk/elections2013.