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IEC targets young voters

The IEC and Basic Education Department teamed up to get young people to register.

The IEC and Basic Education Department teamed up to get young people to register. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA.

CAPE TOWN - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has collaborated with the Basic Education Department in a desperate bid to increase the number of young voters.

IEC Western Cape head Courtney Sampson launched the programme in Cape Town on Tuesday ahead of next year's general election.

Sampson says for a country like South Africa, the number of young people registered to vote is unacceptably low.

He says it is hoped the programme will increase the number of first generation voters.

Sampson says the programme, aimed at people between 16 and 18-years-old, will be rolled out at thousands of schools countrywide.

The drive comes ahead of the 2014 general elections, which are expected take place between April and June.

The IEC says it is ready.

Almost 74 percent of eligible voters have registered.

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