Swellendam sees low voter registration turnout, especially among youth

Low voter registration rates are seen in Swellendam, particularly among young people.

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Some of the causes cited for Swellendam’s voter registration apathy were CAPE TOWN- Service delivery issues, the council’stance on indigent relief, and youth unemployment.

The turnout, particularly among young people, was extremely low, according to Electoral Commission ( IEC ) officials in the town.

Julian Matthysen, a local ward councillor in the Railton township, suggested that there were several causes for the lack of enthusiasm, including discontent with Swellendam Municipality’s Democratic Alliance ( DA ) leadership.


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A council policy that mandated residents reapply for subsidies like electricity and pensioner rebates was opposed by some residents.

Residents of Swellendam’s Matyoks informal settlement protested on the streets earlier this year, demanding poor benefits and other services.

Disgruntled protesters set fire to a fire department vehicle, the Thusong Community Centre, and other municipal structures.

The low voter registration turnout, particularly among young people, caused Matthysen great concern.

” For a variety of reasons, young people are not particularly eager to come and register.” Many people believe they no longer want to participate in politics or be a part of it.

Matthysen claimed he would go door to door urging locals to cast their ballots.

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