At St. Kevin’s Senior High School in the Goulds area of St. John’s, four students volunteered to represent candidates in the St. John's South-Mount Pearl district, as part of Student Vote Canada 2019.
The students voted on Friday.
Each of the student candidates had spoken to the student body putting forth their party’s views. In preparation, the student candidates used The Telegram's “Meet the Candidates” piece and also searched the websites of the political parties.
The school’s library was turned into a polling station complete with a screened voters’ booth, ballot boxes, and a list of eligible student voters. Some students were assigned the roles of poll clerks, scrutineers, and deputy returning officers
At the end of the allotted time for voting, the ballots were counted and results submitted to CIVIX.
The Student Vote parallel election program for students under the voting age is organized by CIVIX.
Last week, schools across Canada participated in Student Vote Canada 2019 when more than 1.1 million votes were cast by students across Canada from more than 7,000 schools.
Another 1,000 schools are expected to vote today.
Results will be publicly available at the close of official polls.
The purpose of the exercise is to provide young Canadians with an opportunity to experience the democratic process firsthand and practice the habits of informed and engaged citizenship.