Codie is Carrick youth MSP

Young voters across South Ayrshire have elected the three Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) who will represent them for the next two years.

Kirsty McCahill (16) was re-elected as MSYP for Ayr alongside Kai Green (16), while Codie Hodge (15) was elected to serve the Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley constituency, which is shared with East Ayrshire Council.

The Scottish Youth Parliament represents Scotland’s young people, aged 12-25 years.

It aims to ensure young people’s voices are heard on the issues that matter and to involve them in democratic decision-making processes.

All young people in South Ayrshire aged 12-25 years were eligible to vote in the election and nearly 3,000 votes were cast online between 2 March and 12 March.

Codie Hodge, MSYP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, said: “I would like to thank everyone who voted and supported me throughout the whole process and I would like to thank my family and close friends who put up with me constantly talking about the elections all the time!

“Thanks to the council staff who kept me on track and also thank you to my papa who, without I wouldn’t have stood as a candidate!

“I look forward to achieving what I promised to achieve.”

Claire Monaghan, Returning Officer for the election said: “All nine of the young people who stood for election are to be admired for the way in which they conducted their campaigns and inspired other young people.

“It was important that young people took time to vote and engage in this important democratic process, and thanks to all who did.”

South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie added: “Our newly elected MYSPs, Kai, Kirsty and Codie have an exciting journey ahead of them in the Scottish Young Parliament and I wish each of them well for the future. I know they will be a credit to the young people that elected them and to South Ayrshire.”

The SYP is a youth-led organisation and all Trustees are aged under 25.

SYP’s vision is of a stronger, more inclusive Scotland that empowers young people by truly involving them in decision making processes.

Being an MSYP involves: consulting with young people in the area to find out their views and opinions; taking part in the local youth forum, training and other events representing your constituents; representing peers at SYP National Sittings several times a year, all over Scotland, taking part in discussions and debates; playing an active role in SYP campaigns work, fighting to improve things for Scotland’s young people.