TEENAGERS in Halton will be able to vote for their own parliamentary representatives during a pioneering election next year.
In January the polls will open to allow youngsters a chance to vote for a members of the UK Your Parliament and a deputy.
Members of the council's executive board were today expec -ted to announce that elections will take place in January and that the local authority would fund the two YMPs to the tune of £1,916 per year to pay for their expenses.
Youngsters will also be invited to attend a consultation event on Friday, October 28, at the Halton Stadium where anyone interested in standing for election will be able to register.
During the election ballot papers and boxes will be placed in all schools and the vote will be organised and scrutinised by the council's own election team.
A spokesman said: 'Halton has been involved in the United Kingdom Youth Parliament before but always in a minor way in which 100-200 young people have elected a representative.
'However, it has not formed part of a borough-wide, borough-led effort to engage young people in local democracy and the organ-isations, issues and developments that affect their lives.'
At the beginning of the process, Youth Area Forums would be formed and the members attend a residential training session.
At the end of the session, each forum would elect two nominees - 12 in total - to be put forward for a borough-wide election next January.
The spokesman added: 'It is hoped there would be a major election involving an equivalent percentage of young electors as would be hoped from an adult local election. The local MPs are keen to support such an election.
'There is no member of youth parliament for Halton although it is supported by 87% of other local authorities in the UK.
'Young citizens in Halton are not involved in the national or regional voice for young people.
'The lack of engagement and involvement of young people in decision making and local democracy in Halton has been recognised through research. It needs to be addressed as a borough-wide issue of citizenship and as such the council is the body to lead on this.'