EC legislature, IEC kick start voter education campaign
Mon, 20 Jun 2016 16:00:33
The Eastern Cape Legislature and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in the province have kick-started a voter education campaign with a visit to Peddie.
The programme forms part of the legislature’s public participation campaigns. This follows the poor turnout during the 2014 general elections in the area, which saw only 47% of people who registered showing up to vote.
Legislature speaker, Noxolo Kiviet says those who do not vote on August 3rd pose a threat to democracy.
“Ngqushwa is one of those areas where 47% in the last elections participated. We feel that is a threat to our democracy. We feel we need to educate people to understand the responsibility that comes with democracy, that we have a responsibility to defend democracy by participating in the elections.”