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Voter registration picks up in Mitchells Plain

So far 62 community members have come to register to vote for the very first time this weekend.

A voting station sign was put up at the Capital Hill primary school in Pretoria during voter registration on 06 March 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.
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Local Elections

CAPE TOWN – The voter registration process is picking up in Mitchells Plain as residents can be seen visiting IEC stations.

Residents in Beacon Valley arrived in groups to check if their names were on the list or to register to vote. 

Many are young people who will be voting for the first time. 

Some are surprised at how quickly the process is conducted.

So far 62 community members have come to register to vote for the very first time this weekend.

In total, 244 residents have arrived over the weekend to check if they are on the voters’ roll, according to Independent Electoral Commission officials at the school.

Several of the young people who have registered say they're eager to cast their ballots for the very first time.

WATCH: Voting in this year's Municipal Elections.


POLITICAL PARTIES PROMISE TO ALLEVIATE POVERY

Three political parties
promise to alleviate youth unemployment if they win the next municipal elections.

The ANC, DA and EFF are all trying to garner support from voters who have come to register in the little Boland town of Wolsely for the upcoming local elections.

People walking to church and children riding bicycles barely notice the people at the political parties' campaign desks.

The DA and the EFF share the ANC 'campaigner' Willem Biscuit's slogan 'For the Elections.'

“We didn’t do this for us but for the younger people and for a better life.”

The DA's Mandla Betshe, like the other 2 parties, highlights the issue the party will focus on.

“It’s a disaster to hear that 15-30-year-olds are without work and some of them don’t have the necessary skills.”

High electricity tariffs and free education were some of the other major concerns.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)

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