Youth Wing Urge Scots to Txt 4 Scotland

The text referendum will ask whether Scotland should be
independent, to agree, people will be asked to reply
'Scot Yes' and if they don't to text back 'Scot No'
to a simple 5 digit number - 60999.

The inspiration came from the YSI's sister youth wing, Cymru
X - Plaid Cymru's official youth wing who last
November launched the "Real Referendum" on whether
Wales should have its own law-making Parliament. 

Speaking at the launch, YSI National Convenor Aileen
Campbell said: "I am really excited about this
referendum.  It will allow us to truly engage with
young people in Scotland and give them an
opportunity to express their views using modern every day technology. 

"The Electoral Commission recommended parties take proactive
steps to engage with young voters and not just use
them as publicity stunts.  So we are taking the
initiative and are asking the young people of
Scotland to make their views known about Scotland's
constitutional future!

"What better way to do it than by handing out flyers, going
around university campuses and actively giving young
people the opportunity to think and to log their
opinions about politics using a simple text
message? 

"And it won't stop there.  We have great plans to highlight
pertinent issues around the country that we know the
young people of Scotland have views upon.  We'll be
asking them all to Text 4 Scotland!"

Adding her support to the campaign and helping to launch it
at Dundee, Bethan Jenkins Cymru X's organiser
said:

"I am delighted to be up in Scotland to help launch the
YSI's Text Referendum campaign.  We had a marvellous
response to ours last year.  It is good to take
these positive steps to get young people interested
and thinking about politics and to use methods that
are simple and convenient to use.

"I also believe that by our two youth wings working together
it shows a refreshing side to politics which is not
all about men in suits.  We hope to develop our
links with the YSI so we can further our respective
causes using modern technology to our advantage and
to bring energy and vibrancy back into the political
world."

Lending his support to the campaign, Scotland's youngest
MEP, Alyn Smith added:

"This text referendum launch is ground-breaking stuff and I
congratulate the YSI for making it happen.  This
kind of text referendum has never been tried before
in Scotland and is something new and interesting
that will hopefully encourage young people in
Scotland to participate in politics."

Ends.

Notes to Editors

    1       The Text Referendum will last one year with the
    results published in 2007 - interim reports will be
    issued through out the year.
    2       Also launching
    the event will be Scotland's youngest MEP, Alyn
    Smith.
    3       Less than 40% of 18-24 year olds who
    are registered to vote in the UK actually do
    so.
    4       It is thought that this is the first
    national text referendum of its kind to happen in
    Scotland.
    5       The YSI will be travelling all
    around Scotland to encourage young people to think
    about politics and Scotland's constitutional
    future.
    6       The YSI is the autonomous youth wing
    of the SNP.

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