Most unregistered voters are under 30

Most unregistered voters are under 30

By Bulelani Ngovi | GroundUP

East London - Young people were the main target for this weekend's voter registration, ahead of the 2016 Municipal Election in a few months time.

The IEC, citing Stats SA, estimated that 62% of unregistered voters are younger than 30. It said 34 million South Africans are of voting age and that currently 73% of them are estimated to be registered to vote.

Khanya Bangiso, 24, from NU 14 in Mdantsane, East London, is committed to voting. “If you don't vote, you can't complain," he said. "Voting gives you a right to express your views as a citizen. So I'm going full throttle to [register to] vote this weekend for a better future."

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But not all young people agree with him. Aphiwe Sam, 21, from C-Section in Ziphunzana, East London, says he sees no need to register to vote. “I won't vote because that won't make any difference. Some of us, like myself, have matric certificates, but we can't pursue our studies due to lack of money. The government is not helping us in anything."

Phoziswa Tyhala, 22, from B-Hostel in Duncan Village, East London, says voting is worthless, "We don't see change after voting. People are unemployed although some are qualified for job vacancies, and in our area we keep experiencing sewage flooding problems, even though people vote."

The elections will be held some time between 18 May and 16 August.

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