Youth the pri­or­ity in prov­ince

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - KOWTHAR SOLOMONS

THE YOUTH vote is a pri­or­ity for the West­ern Cape branch of the IEC as it pre­pares to reg­is­ter more than 1 mil­lion el­i­gi­ble vot­ers this week­end.

West­ern Cape pro­vin­cial elec­toral of­fi­cer Courtney Samp­son said about 70 per­cent, or 2.6 mil­lion of the prov­ince’s 3.7m el­i­gi­ble vot­ers had al­ready reg­is­tered. The IEC planned to reg­is­ter the re­main­ing 1.1 mil­lion peo­ple at the prov­ince’s 1 578 vot­ing reg­is­tra­tion sta­tions, across 25 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and 387 wards, by aim­ing its cam­paign at the youth.

“We are happy with the num­ber of reg­is­tra­tions so far, but our pri­mary fo­cus this week­end will be on the youth. We know they are ex­posed to a num­ber of is­sues like poverty, drugs and teenage preg­nancy, and want to make it as easy as pos­si­ble for them to reg­is­ter, and to vote,” he said.

To reg­is­ter, el­i­gi­ble vot­ers need their green bar-coded ID book, a tem­po­rary ID cer­tifi­cate (TIC) or a new smart card ID.

● To lo­cate your lo­cal vot­ing reg­is­tra­tion sta­tion, visit the IEC web­site or go to http:// map s . e l e c t i o n s . o r g . z a / vs­finder/.

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