Youth urged to register

By Drum Digital
08 November 2013

Three political party youth wings urged young people on Friday to register to vote in the 2014 national elections.

Cope Youth Movement said about 1.5 million young people between the ages of 18 and 19 were eligible to vote for the first time in the elections.

"[We] would like to encourage all first-time voters, young people and all eligible voters, to register for the national and provincial elections during this first round of registration for a better future," Bongani Mahlangu said.

"We will continue with our encouragement and take our voter registration campaign to all areas of South Africa to encourage a vote for a better future."

The United Democratic Movement Youth Vanguard (UDMYV) said many young people between the ages of 18 and 29 did not vote.

"Some think their vote will not make a difference and most find the traditional ways of researching for information boring," president Teddy Thwala said.

"The UDMYV urges all young South Africans to register to vote for a better future for all," he said.

The Young Communist League spokesman Khaya Xaba said: "We urge all young people who have not registered, especially first time voters, to take their bar-coded ID book, ID smartcard, or temporary identity certificate to their voting station to register."

The Independent Electoral Commission on Wednesday said less than half of eligible voters under the age of 30 were currently registered to vote.

Voting stations around the country would be open from 8am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday for people to register, change or verify their details.

Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota said the votes young people cast in 2009 accounted for half the seats in Parliament.

"If every young person had voted the young people of our country would have scored even better," he said.

"Our youth are in a commanding position and they must seize the opportunity to register with the IEC and to vote so that they influence the national agenda.

"We need their dynamism, their fresh thinking, their energy and passion to make our... future secure."

-by Sapa

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