While Saturday’s vote may be getting a lot of attention, it’s all about the Big Vote at St. Aengus’ N.S. Bridgend today.
The primary school students are hosting their own mini election this week and will go to the polls to decide who will represent them in the student council.
The election has gained the backing of local General Election candidates and has generated a lot of excitement as the children learn about politics and democracy.
Last Friday there was an assembly to inform all the children in the school on the election process.
Posters can be seen throughout the school. Canvassing votes have been going on all week.
Yesterday they had the final leaders debate in the school where children from 3rd to 6th class gave their manifesto of their election promises.
They answered questions from the floor on issues like hot food, increased break times, less homework on a Monday, and more after school clubs. Let’s hope they can keep their promises!
Children will be handed out polling cards in their classroom and from there they will get their ballot papers in the hall. Presiding officers will be present in the hall to make sure everything is above board and Tallymen will be count up the votes.
The result of the election will be known later today and the candidates formally welcomed into the student council later today at assembly.
The local election candidates have got involved too, with Minister of Education, Joe Mc Hugh, T.D. Charlie McConalogue and Senator Padraig McLoughlin giving their support and well wishes to the candidates. See their videos below: