KZN youth lead the way with most voter registrations

2013-11-14 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL youth led the country with the most registrations of new voters, provincial electoral officer Mawethu Mosery said yesterday.

Releasing statistics for the the Independent Electoral Commission’s voter registration drive at the weekend, he said KZN had recorded 242 131 new registrations by young people. This was over a quarter of the 881 011 youth registered nationally.

“Everyone should be satisfied and happy with their activism,” said Mosery, adding “there are still more to be registered”.

In another development, KZN had increased registration figures on the voters’ roll from 4,5 million before the weekend to 4,8 million, he said.

KZN has six million eligible voters.

Mosery said areas of the province that had experienced service delivery protests had recorded high voter registration figures.

He added that no decision had been taken to have another round of voter registration, but voters were encouraged to continue registering at their municipal electoral offices before the election date is proclaimed.

Political analyst Protas Madlala ascribed the large number of new registrations to the work of the commission and political parties in mobilising the youth to register.

Fellow analyst Zakhele Ndlovu said many youths had registered to vote because they were concerned about their future. “The reason we see more [youth registering to vote] is because they want to make their presence felt,” he said, adding that the interest shown by the “born-frees” in politics was good for the country.

“In many countries young people are not interested in political processes. We should be encouraged that youth are showing interest in political processes, especially those that are under 20.

“They are going to vote for the first time and we don’t know who they will vote for. They should make the elections more interesting,” he said.

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