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5. Participation

5.10 Current debates and reforms

Last update: 28 November 2023

There possibility of lowering the voting age limit is being debated, as this is one of the proposals by the Election Law Committee whose mandate was to make a proposal for a new election law and consider changes to the election system. The committee submitted its report NOU 2020: 6 Free and secret elections - New election law to the Minister of Local Government and Modernization on 27. May 2020. The majority in the committee  proposed to lower the voting age in local elections to 16 years, but did not propose to reduce eligibility age. The ministry has opened for a public consultation process over the recommendations in the report.