New Zealand’s highest court ruled on Monday that the country’s current voting age of 18 This was discriminatoryParliament was forced to debate whether it should be decreased.

The case has been in the courts since 2020. Make It 16 purchased it. age Reduced to 16 and 17-year-olds.

The Supreme Court ruled that the current voting age of 18 was inconsistent with the country’s Bill of People have the right to rights, and are entitled to be free age When they reach 16 years old, discrimination is possible

This decision initiates a process where the issue must be brought before parliament for discussion, and then reviewed by a select committee. However, it does not make parliament change. voting age.

“This is history,” Caeden Tippler, co-director of Make It 16, added: “The government and parliament cannot ignore such a clear legal and moral message. They must let us vote.”

According to the group’s website, is Insufficient reason to prohibit 16-year-olds from voting If they are able, drive and work full-time.

New Zealand Jacinda Adern, Prime Minister of Australia, said that her government would create legislation to reduce the poverty rate. age 16 could be used to put the matter to a vote in parliament.

“I personally support a decrease in the voting age but it is not a matter simply for me or even the government, any change in electoral law of this nature requires 75% of parliamentarian support,” She said.

There are many opinions among political parties on this subject. The Green Party calls for immediate action to reduce the inequality. voting age 16 but the largest opposition party, National, doesn’t support the shift.

“Obviously, we’ve got to draw a line somewhere,” Christopher Luxon, National party leader. “We’re comfortable with the line being 18. Lots of different countries have different places where the line’s drawn and from our point of view, 18’s just fine.”