How can we get we get more young people to vote?

This weekend marks the final voter registration weekend for the 2019 Elections. Voting stations will be open from 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM, today and tomorrow. There will be 22 932 voting stations countrywide open for one to go register.

Read More: Here's what you need to know for the final voter registration weekend.

About 4.5 million South African citizens are eligible to vote, but have no intention of registering to vote ahead of this year's general elections.

This is according to the South African Citizens Survey which found that there were 37-million South Africans aged 18 years and older who were eligible to vote in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Some of the reasons why the youth is not eager to vote is that, they have very little faith in the government. People feel that their vote will not change anything.

Anelile Gibixego - researcher at Mapungubwe Institute

According to a survey that was conducted recently, there are 37-million South Africans aged 18 years and older who were eligible to vote in the fourth quarter of 2018. The survey found that unmotivated potential voters – the voters who are not yet motivated to vote regardless of registration status and challenges - account for 28% or 10.5-million adults.

Anelile Gibixego - researcher at Mapungubwe Institute

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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : How can we get we get more young people to vote?


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