Why you should regis­ter to vote?

Vuk'uzenzele - - Register To Vote - Dale Hes

THE IN­DE­PEN­DENT Elec­toral Com­mis­sion is urg­ing young South Africans to regis­ter to vote.

Tak­ing part in the elec­tions is your chance to have a say in who is tasked with gov­ern­ing the coun­try.

The de­ci­sions taken by these elected of­fi­cials will have a di­rect im­pact on your ev­ery­day life.

With the fi­nal regis­tra­tion week­end tak­ing place on 26 and 27 Jan­uary, the In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (IEC) ex­plains why reg­is­ter­ing to vote in the 2019 Gen­eral Elec­tions should be a pri­or­ity for all South African res­i­dents over the age of 18.

“The elec­tions are your chance to have a di­rect say in who runs your coun­try, prov­ince and /or com­mu­nity and ward, and by cast­ing your bal­lot, it al­lows for your voice to be heard and so do­ing, hav­ing that vote ‘count’,” said Chief Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Of­fi­cer for the IEC, Kate Bapela.

The elec­tions are also key to en­sur­ing that the elected govern­ment rep­re­sents the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple in the coun­try.

“The IEC ap­peals to all stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing po­lit­i­cal par­ties, govern­ment depart­ments and en­ti­ties, the me­dia and civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing labour, busi­ness, NGOs, faith-based or­gan­i­sa­tions, tra­di­tional lead­ers and all com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions to sup­port the regis­tra­tion drive and en­cour­age voter regis­tra­tion ahead of the elec­tions.”

Bapela adds that spe­cial at­ten­tion is be­ing paid to get­ting young peo­ple to regis­ter to vote.

“A key area of our regis­tra­tion drive has been to urge young, first-time vot­ers to regis­ter. Cur­rently, the low­est voter regis­tra­tion lev­els are for vot­ers aged 18 to 19 (15.6 per­cent of es­ti­mated el­i­gi­ble pop­u­la­tion) and 20 to 29 (56.7 per­cent of the es­ti­mated el­i­gi­ble pop­u­la­tion).”

To play their part in our democ­racy, it is also im­por­tant for vot­ers who have al­ready reg­is­tered to con­firm and up­date their ad­dress de­tails.

“The Com­mis­sion is hope­ful that vot­ers who are al­ready reg­is­tered will use the op­por­tu­nity to visit their vot­ing sta­tion to check their regis­tra­tion and specif­i­cally to con­firm and up­date their ad­dress de­tails on 26 and 27 Jan­uary 2019,” Bapela urges.

“Please use your op­por­tu­nity to vote in the 2019 elec­tions.”

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