Voting is a civic duty

2016-06-22 06:00

AS the local government elections approach rapidly, we must reflect on the importance of voting.

Exercising your right to vote strengthens South Africa’s democracy.

Voting is not only a right, but a civic duty. Many have chosen to remove themselves from the electoral process for various reasons, from pessimism to a sense of hopelessness with the government.

Every South African who holds the right to vote plays a role in determining our country’s future.

Young people especially must engage with our democracy by making their voices heard through the electoral process.

Voting in the election is a reflection of our commitment to our communities and country.

Municipalities are weighed down by unemployment, poverty and service-delivery challenges.

Now more than ever before, South Africa requires responsible participatory citizens to help resolve these challenges.

Your vote will elect public representatives in your area­.

Many people underestimate the importance of local government, but it is the sector of government closest to the people. Public representatives elected through your votes have tremendous influence to improve communities.

Voters are implored to vote for change, vote for the DA where evidence of people-centred local government exists.


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