PHUTHADITHJABA- In the township of Phuthaditjhaba in the Eastern Free State, the voter registration drive got off to a slow start on its second and last day.
The Electoral Commission ( IEC ) kept urging those who could vote, particularly young people, to register in time to cast their ballots in the 2024 general election.
The IEC and political parties have reissued invitations to register, particularly for first-time and young voters.
IEC: The goal is to encourage younger people to cast ballots.
Political parties beg SAns to care about the future of their nation.
– Is there sufficient justification for citizens of South Africa to cast their ballots?
A major concern, according to those who watched the day one’s turnout, was that the youth lacked enthusiasm.
The IEC and political players agree that signing up for the 2024 presidential election is the only way for young people and first-time voters to have an impact on the numerous social and economic issues affecting their communities.
Meanwhile, a number of young people who are eligible to cast their first ballots stated to Eyewitness News that they are not interested in doing so.
They give unemployment and high crime rates as well as the years-long, ongoing service delivery disruptions, power outages, and water shortages that plague this sprawling township as justifications.