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Thursday, 17 January, 2019
Quote of the week
"The 2019 election campaign will focus primarily on young people. “It has been designed by young people, with young people, for young people. We therefore hope that they will be in a position to attract as many South Africans as possible, especially young people.”"
- Glen Mashinini, the Chair of the Electoral Commission (IEC)
Comment of the week
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YOUTH AND ELECTIONS, CIVIL SOCIETY AND SURVIVE
Civil society is a dedicated and committed problem-solver, but it seems clear that it needs to step up its efforts to adapt to a new reality of rapidly changing interconnected problems. When we look at the numbers, it appears the sector has the size and scale globally to be able to robustly adjust to change.
We live in a world of major geopolitical shifts and life-changing technological innovations. It’s fair to wonder, then, what our biggest hopes are for society in the coming decades.
It’s certain that the world has become a better place, according to nearly every measure of human well-being, and yet there is a need to acknowledge that new and looming challenges are looming. From the rise of nationalism, to increased demands for privacy, following widespread data leaks; from balancing growing human needs with planetary and environmental limits, to the impacts of sophisticated automation on people’s lives.
The list is long, and there is undoubtedly space for all stakeholders – policy-makers, civil society, corporations, media, academia – to take responsible action that brings about a stable, sustainable and peaceful world.
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Attracting young South Africans to register to vote in this year’s national and provincial elections is among the Independent Electoral Commission’s top priorities as it seeks to deliver a credible election.
This much is apparent in the IEC’s election campaign launched in Midrand on Thursday. Colloquially phrased “X’se, your x is your say”, the campaign seeks to attract mostly youth but it has an appeal across all generations, the IEC said.
Speaking at the launch, IEC chairperson Glen Mashinini said another priority was to ensure that the election was credible and free and fair.
People below the age of 30 remain least active in the elections, with only 16% of those between 18 and 19 voting and 54% of those between 20 and 29 voting. Age groups over 30 have an 80% voting rate.
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