First-time voter en­cour­ages peers to vote

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Pon­alo Not­wane says ex­er­cis­ing his right to vote dur­ing this year’s Gen­eral Elec­tions will give him a voice as a young South African.

Vuk’uzen­zele has been fol­low­ing the 21-year-old Not­wane who will be vot­ing for the first time in 2019.

He be­lieves that par­tic­i­pat­ing in the vot­ing process is im­por­tant for him and oth­ers who will be vot­ing for the first time.

“I have hope that through my vote, a po­lit­i­cal party that will lead our coun­try af­ter elec­tions will take a lead in fight­ing against youth un­em­ploy­ment and also tackle the crime rate in our com­mu­ni­ties,” said Not­wane, who hails from Klerks­dorp in the North West prov­ince.

He said young peo­ple should show in­ter­est in pol­i­tics, eco­nomics and is­sues of gov­ern- ance be­cause these af­fect their daily lives.

“Most young peo­ple tend to ig­nore what is hap­pen­ing in the po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic space be­cause they still en­joy the com­fort of be­ing un­der parental care, but be­fore they re­alise it, they will be in­de­pen­dent and start to feel the pain of not par­tic­i­pat­ing in things like vot­ing,” he said.

Dur­ing the 2016 lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions, Not­wane was at his home­town and did not see many young peo­ple vis­it­ing vot­ing sta­tions to cast their votes. This made him re­alise that not many of them are in­ter­ested and he was not im­pressed.

“I felt that it is wrong to al­ways com­plain about what govern­ment is not do­ing right, yet young peo­ple do not want to vote or have a say about who should be lead­ing the coun­try,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to the In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion of South Africa (IEC), there are cur­rently about 26.1 mil­lion reg­is­tered vot­ers on the na­tional com­mon vot­ers’ roll.

It is hoped that at least one mil­lion vot­ers will be added to the vot­ers’ roll ahead of the 2019 elec­tions.

The IEC an­nounced that the fi­nal regis­tra­tion week­end is set for 26-27 Jan­uary.

About 22 932 vot­ing sta­tions across the coun­try will open their doors from 8:00 to 17:00 to al­low first-time vot­ers to regis­ter and oth­ers to up­date

“It is wrong to al­ways com­plain about govern­ment

yet young peo­ple do not want to vote.”

and check their regis­tra­tion de­tails.

Not­wane thinks that in order for ser­vice de­liv­ery to im­prove, peo­ple who qual­ify to vote should play their part in vot­ing lead­ers of their choice into power.

Pon­alo Not­wane ea­ger to make his mark dur­ing this year's elec­tions.

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