In regard to the article “Occupy leader Joshua Wong launches court fight for right to run for Hong Kong legislature below age 21” (SCMP, October 12, 2015), I have to say that if I can stand for election at 18, I will jump at the chance.
Firstly, I think it would be a rare chance for a teenager to learn more about Hong Kong’s legislature. I could learn more about the electoral system, too. It would be an amazing opportunity for a young person, even if I were not elected.
Moreover, I agree that more young people should be encouraged to voice their ideas. I think teenagers tend to have more creative ideas than adults. It will be great if Hong Kong’s Legislative Council could include some new minds and young people.
Also, I think that 18-year-olds, who are supposed to be mature enough to vote, should also be mature enough to stand for election. I think that by running for election, young people would express their own opinions to the government. This could also be seen as a way for teenagers to contribute to the city, and establish a greater sense of belonging to the city that we love.
After all, standing for an election will be a chance for teenagers to learn, to understand, and to experience. I don’t see why we teenagers are deprived of that opportunity.
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