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We want to make voting fashionable - Western Cape ANC

2016-03-04 18:36

Cape Town – The ANC in the Western Cape wants to make voting "fashionable" and it's going to keep the hype going until the elections.

With voter registration this weekend and local government elections coming up later in the year, political parties will be working overtime to try to  secure voters.

And, while most of the parties will concentrate on the metros, including Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay, the Western Cape will be highly contested, ANC provincial elections co-ordinator Lulama Mvimbi said.

The Western Cape is the only province where the ANC is the official opposition.

Speaking ahead of the voter registration weekend, this Saturday and Sunday, Mvimbi said the party would implement phase two of its campaign.

He said the party was ready for the registration weekend and it had a structured campaign, which started with a dry run on Wednesday, March 1.

Mvimbi said the first phase was laying the foundation and setting election structures.

Now, he said, the party was focused on creating hype around the elections to get young people interested in voting.

The ANC would go door to door and visit voting stations.

The Western Cape ANC was recently placed under the care of national executive committee members Sue van der Merwe and Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba after provincial chairperson Marius Fransman and provincial secretary Faiez Jacobs were asked to step down.

Mvimbi said provincial executive members and the caretakers would be involved in the campaign.

Acting provincial chairperson Khaya Magaxa would visit Hout Bay, Masiphumelele, and Khayelitsha. while acting provincial secretary Thandi Manikivana would visit Delft and Mfuleni.

"As a party, we believe in physical contact with the voters and we want to make it fashionable for people to vote and to register. The more hype around elections, the more people will get involved," Mvimbi said.

Spokesperson Jabu Mfusi said the party would run a positive, non-racial campaign. Its structures were oiled and ready to hit the streets.

Mfusi said the campaign would be diversified and not necessarily targeted at certain demographics.

Earlier in the year, party leaders said the ANC in the province needed to cultivate the majority coloured vote.

Mfusi said they would keep the campaign momentum going past registration weekend, to keep the "hype" on until the elections.

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