Encouraging eligible young voters to register to vote

The first registration weekend for the 2019 National and Provincial Elections will be on 10 and 11 March.

Knysna Executive Mayor, Eleanore Bouw-Spies. Photo: Black and White Visual Media

Knysna Executive Mayor, Eleanore Bouw-Spies says “It is well-known that young voters notoriously neglect the importance of voting, and it is therefore that I encourage them to embrace the opportunity to make their voices heard.”

Key issues in every election increasingly relate to the concerns of students between the ages of 18 and 29, making it essential for the youth to educate themselves on current political issues, arming them with vital information that would allow them to take to the polls with confidence.

“I have been told that many young people feel as though their vote doesn’t count, and for that reason they abstain from voting. I encourage our youth to take to the polls and vote. “

On Saturday 10th March and Sunday 11th of March alt Voting Stations in Knysna will be open from 8am to 5pm (08:00 to 17:00).  Go along to your Voting Station with your original ID book or Smart Card or a Temporary ID document and you will be guided through the process.

If you are already a registered voter but have recently moved you will be able to re-register in your correct voting district, and allow registered voters whose address details are not on the voters’ roll to provide this information.

Although the youth may register on the Voters’ Roll when they are 16 years old, they may only exercise their vote when they turn 18 years old.

South Africa is going through exciting times and we each need to be part of the decision of pertaining to our future. Therefore, I urge each and every one of our youth to #GOTR – GO OUT TO REGISTER on March 10 and 11.

Make your voice heard!

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