IEC urges youth to vote

2011-02-02 13:17

Pretoria - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has urged the country's youth to register to vote in the coming municipal elections.

"We urge young people to turn out in their numbers. They are the leaders of tomorrow and we want to invest in them in every possible way," IEC chairperson Brigalia Bam said in appeal on Wednesday to youngsters aged 18 and 19 to register this weekend to exercise their democratic right to vote.

"They must take up the opportunity of this important tradition of voting and embracing democracy," she said.

At the moment only 11.4% of the South Africans on the Voters' Roll were young people, the IEC said at a briefing in Centurion.

About 53.7% of people aged between 20 and 29 have already registered, and 93% of those over 30.

Bam urged those who had already registered to confirm their registration status.

The target was to get 1.5 million people on the Voters' Roll.

She feared that the recent rains, which had led to flooding in some areas, could hamper the registration process, but said that if this was the case, people would be given another chance to register.

The election date has yet to be announced by Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Sicelo Shiceka.

Bam said preparations for the elections were at an advanced stage.

  • Made_In_SA - 2011-02-02 13:20

    The Youth? I thought the legal voting age was 18yrs old?

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-02-02 13:52

      What's your point ? Malema is in his 30's & he heads the Youth league...

      Outsie - 2011-02-02 14:34

      And an 18 year old is not part of the youth? You're daft. Youth does not mean children/todlers - just young people...

  • sad1lad - 2011-02-02 13:37

    are they any more stupid than their elders? Can they do worse? The track record of the ANC with its bloated government workforce will still get the support of the youth regardless of the fact that there are no jobs for them. Their parents complain (just as the old Nat supporters did) but they will still vote for the ANC. Lets hope political maturity of the masses will improve to put the politicians under pressure to perform. At the moment anything goes, but they will still be voted in.

      Ian - 2011-02-02 14:05

      apparently is like this "Better the devil you know..."

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-02-02 14:30

      They as stupid as those who voted for the CP and the HNP

      exocist - 2011-02-02 15:02

      if you think the anc voters are stupid, spare a thought for the HNP,F.F.and the other small parties, who's hate for their fellow south africans are so great they can't get together and vote for the next largest party to oust the complacent fat cats who now occupy parlament they would rather cut off their noses to spite their faces. GUESS WHO'S THE ONLY ONE'S LAUGHING FOR THE PAST 17 YEARS

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-02-02 16:14

      With comments like yours I doubt if I will vote for anyone else except for the ANC. You are daily making me to change and love the ANC with all my heart and soul. I also think the ANC should be very geatful to people like you for campaigning for them. Free campaigns for that matter

  • Concerned Citizen - 2011-02-02 13:40

    Stop being petty.. I hope each and EVERY one of you who ALWAYS complain on this forum about our cirrent government, will exercise your right to have you say. If every person who said my vote makes no difference actually voted it WOULD make a difference!!

      Assegaai - 2011-02-02 16:16

      Every vote withheld is a vote for the opposition.

  • Perfume - 2011-02-02 13:51

    Vote with wisdom, take a page out of Egypt's book

      unproud - 2011-02-02 14:24

      Agree. Lots to be learned here by whats happening there.

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-02-02 14:30

      Lead the protest I will follow you

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-02-02 13:55

    VOTE People, please vote...Our municipalities are in a mess. Let's make the change by our vote. VOTE , VOTE , VOTE , VOTE...

      Melly30 - 2011-02-02 13:59


      Currie_Mafia - 2011-02-02 14:27

      Yep, that's an extremely popular tune you hum, Melly30...

      Melly30 - 2011-02-02 14:38


  • gavincmd - 2011-02-02 13:56

    What do you expect, do you actually think that people are so stupid to vote for the DA. What do you think it will get us, group areas act, whities in top jobs earning top salaries, etc, etc, etc. The ANC govt may have its flaws but is no better that any other govt that was in power. At least today people have rights.....

      Melly30 - 2011-02-02 14:01

      What rights?? Crime is up the blacks are even worse off??? Get your head out your ASS... The ANC does not support anyone... Are you that stupid? Least we will have qualified people doing the job right!!! DOOS

      Sparkling - 2011-02-02 14:18

      No, just clean streets, clean water, lower crime rate. You will sleep better at night, believe me. The joke is, you know I'm right but you like living in filth! It's you right...

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-02-02 14:34

      I see where you're coming from, but this is not the Mandela era of governance. We have a father of 20something,polygamist President who was on a rape charge...So at the moment the ANC is a dismal shadow of a party where people mattered.

      Melly30 - 2011-02-02 14:40

      I agree Currie_Mafia - Madiba had a vision - it is a pitty that his footsteps are not being followed!

      Jan - 2011-02-02 14:42

      The rights are fixed in the constitution so NO another party will not change the rights people have. The only result it can give a government that cares for the country more than they do for their friends, family and pockets. There is only one possible result and that is improvement

  • gavincmd - 2011-02-02 14:13

    Where are you getting your sad facts from, offcourse you would not know about "rights" now would you? Try being on the receiving end. What qualified people you talking about, the last time I checked, pre-apartheid if u or yr family knew the bos you got the job, with the top salary. Why do you think Whities take leave to go on holiday (overseas nogal) and us darkies take leave to go home.

      Ian - 2011-02-02 14:16

      Thats what they mean by Qualifications

      Melly30 - 2011-02-02 14:23

      You need help gavincmd... US WHITES SAVE then we treat our whole family to a well deserved holiday!!! You are really thick a sh*t... Piss off! Seems to me you hate US WHITES... Look how hard it is for US whites to get a job... And when we work we work our asses off...

      chunky1 - 2011-02-02 14:23

      all that voting for the ANC got the masses was that very right , a right to vote , yet the ' masses ' waste it at every oppurtunity. The sad thing is that the DA is still perceived as a " white party " and until that changes it wont matter how good they can be - the majority will not vote for them but continue to vote for the despots we have in goverment now .

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-02-02 14:40 people & white people always fighting...At least your'll had or are having your place in the sun...We in the middle just carry on working & educating our day we'll own this country, your'll fight..

      Angel - 2011-02-04 06:18

      Difference being that we live in our homes, we do not have another home to go to on holiday. What does that say? You, gavincmd & co, have the benefit of 2 homes. And mostly the lived in home is government provided, why bitch about it? I would also love a home in the country! Say thank you and shut-up.

  • Outsie - 2011-02-02 14:33

    If only we knew who to vote for...

      Melly30 - 2011-02-02 14:41

      DA - look how CT is run! DA is for all races!! Lets get this corrupt government out...

      Ian - 2011-02-02 15:22

      CT is just one Province, I bet if ANC ruled one province they would do a good job as well. PS: Not an ANC member or supporter

      Melly30 - 2011-02-02 15:46

      Ian - no the anc is far too corrupt... they will jsut mess it up!!

  • Jan - 2011-02-02 14:35

    How can the thousands of students staying in residences at Colleges and Varsities register to vote. They do not know if they will be at home or at res as the date has not been set. Set the date and then get registration going.

  • gavincmd - 2011-02-02 14:36

    Ag shame calm down you guys , looks more like you need the help, not me. Truth hurts......I know.

      Melly30 - 2011-02-02 14:38

      Please get your head out your ass - then maybe you will stop speaking shit!

  • gavincmd - 2011-02-02 14:41

    No need to get all aggressive on me. Not getting your way like you are used to. Accept it and move on, apartheid is over. No more blonde hair blue eyed favouritism.....

      Melly30 - 2011-02-02 14:48

      What are you - You guys are still living in the past... We know apartheid is over- clearly you guys still believe it is alive, otherwise you wont have anyone to blame for your down fall...

      Ian - 2011-02-02 15:25

      Naah its no longer about apartheid. a study shows that whites earn 7.7 times more than blacks regardsless of qualifications. so explain that a bit Ms Melly30

  • gekko - 2011-02-02 14:48

    The youth must go and vote for them.They WILL get houses, cars , loads of money for the rest of their lives.Don't even go and study.Just suck the system.....hhahhahahah.......suckers!

      Melly30 - 2011-02-02 14:53

      Ha ha ha - they will keep on waiting and waiting - and nothing will be delievered!!! But yet they will keep on voting for the same government, empty promises!! You are right suckers!

  • gavincmd - 2011-02-02 14:57

    We learnt from the best :-)..... make money while the sun shines. Dont be jealous now its our turn. Why is all this sympathy for other "people" crawling out of the woodwork now, sorry too little too late....should have stood up then, but NO you enjoyed the ride.

      Melly30 - 2011-02-02 15:04

      Your stupid comments don't warrent anymore responses!!

  • gavincmd - 2011-02-02 15:12

    Yes, you know I`m right, you have no more to say. The world has caught up with white propaganda. Now stop complaining and get back to work.

      Ian - 2011-02-02 15:27

      hahaha wetsang makgowa a modimo mara lol

  • sikotaluga - 2011-02-02 15:24

    The major failure from our previous presidents was the programme focussing on intellectual reconciliation, it's so yesterday to always hear about the diabolic deeds of the apartheid era; why don't we measure our votes against what the current regime is doing for our people especial the poor. Reading these comments makes me conclude that an intellectual change is still an element of farfetched concept as I regard the commentators as learned.

  • Sourboner - 2011-02-02 15:31

    Give me a chicken and i'll vote

  • ZACKIE - 2011-02-02 16:47

    why must youth vote ? it not like the anc is going to give them a job only the dumbest think they can get anything from the circus - govt.

  • Lukas - 2011-02-02 23:54

    how do we register

  • BigMoose - 2011-02-03 09:08

    Don't forget to tell all the convicts to vote. Murderers, rapists and robbers also have rights, you know.

  • Rev. H-Cubed - 2011-02-05 14:59

    A word of advice to my fellow citizens - confirm that you are still registered. There have been district changes, and many who were previously registered will have to re-register. Do not allow your vote to be stolen by administrative reshuffling. Make sure you can vote. Take a few minutes today or tomorrow to avoid rage and frustration on voting day.

  • Bianca - 2011-02-05 15:20

    What is interesting : I said to my Family that I am having Political aspirations and need to register. Some have never voted ever and to make sure that my Political Party does not win or just to oppose me, they went to register - What a great strategy! So should their party win, they should consult their Councillor for assistance in the future, or just accept but should my Party win I will laugh myself silly...since then they will have to consult with my Councillor or just accept. Politics ..... so interesting and does give you allot of FUN!! and LOL

  • Ivan - 2011-03-01 11:50

    Where is the voting station in Brackenfell, Cape Town?

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