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SA's young not voting

2014-03-09 11:02
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Cape Town - The Independent Electoral Commission’s final registration statistics show that young South Africans have failed to register in large numbers as was expected.

According to the Sunday Times, only 35% of eligible voters under the age of 20 are registered and only 61% of those between the ages of 20 and 29 are registered.

However, older voters make up the numbers with registration figures for those older than 30 over 90%.

On Thursday, Chief Electoral Officer Mosotho Moepya announced that more than 25.3 million voters would be eligible to cast a vote during the 2014 general election, according to a Sapa report.

About 25 390 150 voters would be eligible to vote in the national and provincial elections on 7 May.

That was was 2 208 153 more - 9.5% - than in the 2009 elections.

Moepya said when the roll was compared with estimated voting age population estimates from Statistics SA, it showed a total of 80.8% of those eligible had registered to vote.

In comparison, registration levels stood at 80% in 1999, 84.6% in 2004, and 84.07% in 2009.

Gauteng had the highest number of voters with over six million, followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 5.1m, the Eastern Cape with 3.24m, and the Western Cape with 2.9m.

These four provinces made up almost 68% of all South African voters.

Women outnumbered men, with a total of 13.94m (54.9%) women compared to 11.45m (45.1%) men on the voters' roll, the Sapa report said.

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