Parties tackle problems of voter apathy among the youth in PE

The problem of voter apathy among the youth is being tackled by some political parties in the Nelson Mandela Metro in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.

Political parties are pulling out all the stops to ensure that the majority of the youth are registered for the Local Government Elections (LGE 2016) this year.

Next weekend people will be given another chance to register.

Low youth voter turnout has been a problem in recent elections. This has prompted political parties to mobilise the youth in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro to register to vote next weekend.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) hosted a music event for the youth at the Boardwalk in Port Elizabeth, while United Democratic Movement (UDM) went on a door-to-door campaign in all the wards.

DA leader, Mmusi Maimane says: “The only power we have as a citizen is the power to vote, you can’t exercise that right unless you are registered to vote, so today we are here to call upon young people from all over the country to say, it’s about our tomorrow therefore they must register to vote.”

UDM Regional Chairperson and Mayoral Candidate for the Nelson Mandela Bay, Mongameli Bobani says the youth is the future of the country.

“The youth specifically must go and register next week so that they can be able to vote.”

Some youth in Port Elizabeth have shown great interest in registering next week.

“I think it’s very important to vote as the youth because I believe the change is in my hands. I think we can make a change in South Africa even if it’s one vote, others will follow let’s do this.”



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