Elections:youth urged to register

2011-02-23 00:00

THE youth development office of the Hibiscus Coast Municipality (HCM) has urged youngsters in the area to register to vote in the forthcoming local government elections.

In a media statement the youth manager, Phumlani Mzobe, said: “We have learnt, after the release of statistics for the voter registration held in February, that young people did not show a keen interest in registering to vote for their local councillors.

“This is most unfortunate and disturbing, primarily because the group which is supposed to be first-time voters [those between the ages of 18-22] has actually shown minimal interest in this crucial process.”

Mzobe said it is of utmost importance that young people realise voting is a decisive step in ensuring service delivery and that service delivery from ward to ward emanates from the electorate and numbers of people who have voted in each voting district.

“Additionally, young people cannot afford not to be counted as responsible custodians of a government which bears the task of making and implementing rational decisions on behalf of its citizenry.

“It is therefore every young person’s responsibility to actively participate in the voter registration and voting process.”

Mzobe called upon all churches, FET institutions, sport organisations, schools, community-based organisations, traditional structures, youth forums in all the wards, and all those involved in youth matters across all sectors to come up with a clear, vigorous programme to encourage and persuade the youth to register as voters on March 5 and 6 at all voting stations around the Hibiscus Coast.

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