8 reasons why Mzanzi needs your vote

2019-01-04 08:49
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Congrats! You’re done with school and ready to start the next phase of your life. That means making your voice heard in our democracy.

Reason number 1: Because young people can change the outcome

South Africa has one of the youngest populations in the world – over 30% of the population is younger than 15 years, and over 58% are under 30 years. The single largest age group of voting age population is for those aged 20–29 – an estimated 10.8 million people. That means young people like you have the power to determine the outcome of an election – if you just used this power at the voting station!

Reason number 2: Because no one cares about youth issues except the youth

Stats show that older voters are more likely to vote – which means their concerns and issues are likely to dominate the political agenda. By exercising their considerable voting power, young people like you could make sure that issues important to them are put on the agenda. No one cares about young people more than young voters!

Reason number 3: If you don’t vote, you can’t complain!

If you don’t vote then you get stuck with other people’s choices – and you can’t even complain about it because you let it happen. By participating in the electoral process – as voters, candidates, activists and observers – you get a say not only in elections but for the next five years in how things are done.

Reason number 4: Because you can!

You may take your right to vote and all other rights in our Constitution for granted but 25 years ago most of the people in this country were not allowed to vote. Many of your parents were not allowed to vote and your grandparents were not allowed to vote. Many of them were arrested and jailed for demanding this most basic human right. Others were tortured and killed.  You can vote. Simply by presenting yourself at a registration station with your ID on 26 or 27 January 2019 puts you on the voters’ roll for life – and lets you vote in every future election.

Reason number 5: Democracy needs you!

Democracy only works if people participate. That sounds obvious but unless people actively participate in the process, democracy doesn’t work and you get something less and something worse.

Reason number 6: There has never been a generation with more information about politics and elections

Technology and connectivity means that your generation is probably the best informed and best equipped to vote in history. Social media is giving you access to information which previous generations of voters didn’t – and still don’t have. You are becoming the experts ahead of your parents. Use that expertise to make sure our country heads in the right direction.

Reason number 7: FOMO

Voting is pretty cool – and when your friends are all instagramming their thumbies on voting day you’re going to be missing out. Register to vote on 26 or 27 January 2019, so you’re ready to vote!

Reason number 8: Five years is a long time with an old phone!

If you’re thinking that right now you’ve got better things to do with your time come voting day and that you’ll vote next time, think again! Five years is a long time to be stuck with something you don’t want or that doesn’t work. Just imagine what it would be like to be stuck with the same cellphone for five years…especially one with limited features.

Just think how many phone upgrades you are going to get before you get the chance to upgrade your government!

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