Election fever is raging. Land expropriation, zero-percent VAT on sanitary products, access to affordable education, safe and legal abortion, and the protection of sexual-assault survivors are just some of the pressing issues in need of sound leadership and strategy. This year’s national election is a big moment for South Africans to pivot the state of affairs.
Astudy published in 2016 by the Institute for Security Studies revealed that voter registration among young people was the lowest of all age demographics in South Africa. While you may feel disillusioned by the high levels of corruption that plague our government, you have the power to fight Millennial apathy. Remember, no action means no representation. Will your vote help change all that? Hell, yes!
According to the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa, 490 520 voters registered for the first time in March 2018. In addition, ‘more than 400 000 (or 82%) were under the age of 30 and approximately 54% were women’. You have the power to demand more from your leaders, such as more parity on the gender pay gap and more accountability for reproductive rights.
This is what you need to know about registration weekend:
• Final voting registration is set to take place from 26 to 27 January 2019
• SA’s 22 932 voting stations will be open from 8am to 5pm. Find your local station at Maps.elections.org.za
• Take your ID book, smart-card ID or temporary ID certificate when you register in your voting district
• Only those who are 18 years old or older can vote
Not sure if you’re registered already? Here’s how to check:
• Send an SMS with your ID number to 32810 (R1 per SMS)
• Download the IEC mobile app and enter your ID number
• Visit Elections.org.za to find out more about the status of your registration
• Call the IEC hotline (0800 118 000) to speak to a consultant The national elections are set to take place in May 2019. Get your squad together and have a pre-vote brunch party to chat policy and the issues that matter to you. Use this final registration weekend to make your voice heard. Your voice matters – use it.