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Over 1m 'born frees' not registered to vote

2014-04-22 07:23
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Johannesburg - More than a million "born-frees" have not registered to vote for the 7 May general election, The Star reported on Tuesday.

Only a third [33.6%] of those born after 1994 have registered to cast their votes. This meant that 646 313 out of a possible 1.9 million "born-frees" were ready to vote next month.

The figures were based on the Electoral Commission of SA's (IEC) comparison between the number of registered voters and Statistics SA's population estimates for the age group.

"Born-frees" make up 2.5% of the 25 million registered voters, the newspaper reported.

Sixty percent of South Africans in their twenties, and 90% of people older than 30 are also registered to vote.

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