Youth encouraged to vote

2019-02-20 06:02

The Electoral Commission (IEC) intensifies the campaign to encourage youth to register for the 2019 provincial and national election on 8 May.

The commission started registering youth at Free State tertiary institutions over three days, from Monday (18/02) to Wednesday (20/02).

The commission embarked on a special campaign targeting youth at higher learning institutions following the discovery of youth voter apathy. The IEC was informed of the low registration of youth for 2019.

The commission indicated that only 15,6% of eligible voters in the 18- and 19-year-old age group were registered to vote and only 56,7% eligible voters in the 20 to 29 age group appeared on the national voters roll.

In the Free State, the registration of youth at tertiary institutions is undertaken at the 28 campuses and will be completed today (20/02).

Mmathabo Rasengan, IEC’s provincial spokesperson, said to pave the way for registration at higher learning institutions, consultation was conducted at the various higher institutions during February.

She said all eligible voters who reside at the facilities of tertiary institutions in the Free State will be permitted to apply for registration where they currently reside.

“An online registration is being conducted on behalf of the voter by an IEC official.

“The voter will in turn receive confirmation via SMS that they have been registered,” said Rasengane.

The commission encourages all voters already registered and wanting to update their details to do so online using the IEC website.

According to the IEC in the province, the number of youths registered to vote during the 2019 election was 153 312.

Of the registered voters, the first-time voters’ number was 33 294 in the province.

  • The commission indicated that there were 1 438 958 registered voters on the provincial voters roll, representing 73,67% of the total number of potential voters. These statistics were before the final registration weekend which took place on 26 and 27 January.

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