"One Child, One Vote" Suggested

TURIN, Italy, APRIL 5, 2004 (Zenit.org).- The Christian Associations of Italian Workers proposed the right to vote for children, exercised by their mothers or fathers.

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The proposal was aired at the recent of the national congress of the group. Luigi Bobba, its president, had already presented the idea in an article published in Il Corriere della Sera, Italy’s largest-circulation newspaper.

«We are faced with a democratic dilemma; that is, the lack of political representation of the interests of minors,» he said.

«It has become a central and inescapable question, especially in countries like Italy, in which the culpable lack of care of children and adolescents has been followed by a rapid and dramatic reduction of the birthrate, that is, of the future of the country,» he said.

«The apparently most natural solution to this problem consists in offering indirect representation to minors through their parents,» Bobba said. «The proposal is that the mother be the delegate in the representation of the political voice of her own children.»

Such a move, he said, would give the interests of minors and their families a more representative role in the political debate. In Italy it would amount to 10 million more votes.

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