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April 15, 2011

Win the Election with CompareTheParties.co.uk!

We’re offering the chance for a young Scot to win a press pass for election night in Glasgow and report live from the count.

Don’t just watch the Scottish Parliament elections on TV – see it in person, as candidates await the voters’ decisions and the media compete to offer the best political coverage.

You’ll join freelance reporter and CTP creator Tristan Stewart-Robertson at Glasgow’s SECC for behind-the-scenes access into the wee small hours of the morning, contributing live comment and analysis on democracy in action for CTP. You’ll meet politicians, journalists, activists and see the night unfold in Scotland’s biggest count, covering nine constituencies, the Glasgow regional vote, and the UK-wide referendum.

All you have to do is write 500-600 words answering the following question:
“How can the internet, social media and digital communications improve democracy in Scotland?”

You can write about how the web might get more young people to vote, or combat cynicism about politics. You could give your views on what’s wrong with political reporting in Scotland. You could even suggest a smart phone “app” that nobody’s thought of yet.

We’ll whittle down the entries and the top ones will be judged by CTP and the Scottish Youth Parliament.

The top 10 entries will be published on the CTP blog and the winner will get the second press pass to join CTP in Glasgow. We’ll be announcing additional prizes soon.

Anyone aged 16-21 is eligible to enter this contest. We welcome submissions from across Scotland, but because the count is at Glasgow and overnight, it may best suit someone in the surrounding area. CTP will cover your taxi home in the early hours of the morning.

Please send your entries to info@comparetheparties.co.uk or via our Facebook page by 12noon on Monday, April 25 to give us enough time to judge the entries and submit the winning name and photo ID to Glasgow City Council for the press accreditation. Please include your name, age, contact telephone number and email.

Remember, if you’re eligible to vote on May 5, it’s the most important contribution you can make to democracy. People around the globe fight for the basic democratic rights we so often take for granted so make your voice heard. And if you’re not yet old enough to vote, urge your friends and family to get to the polling stations and keep confronting political candidates – they answer to you too and you’re the future of Scotland, so they will one day answer to you on ballot papers.

We look forward to reading all your entries, and watching election night unfold with one talented winner.

Tristan Stewart-Robertson
Director, CompareTheParties.co.uk
Reporter/Photojournalist, W5 Press Agency