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10% first time voters registered

The IEC and political parties have urged young people to come out in their numbers to register to vote.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille visits a voting station on 9 November 2013. Picture: Renee de Villiers

CAPE TOWN - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says one of its main findings indicates that only 10 percent of 18 and 19-year old South Africans are currently registered as voters.

Only four percent over eligible youngsters are registered in the Western Cape.

This is the last voter registration weekend.

Zintle Masisa says she always longed for the day she would be able to have a say in the running of her country by casting her ballot.

"I'm very excited. I've always wanted to vote but I couldn't because I wasn't eligible to vote."

Meanwhile, a Du Noon community leader says they are expecting about 10,000 first time voters in the area alone.

KHAYELITSHA

A Khayelitsha resident says the only way they will receive better service delivery is if they register to vote in the elections next year.

Voter registration started at 8am and will continue until 5pm.

The process will enable residents to be eligible to cast their ballots during next year's national and provincial elections.

Resident Siyabulela Dyifili says, "It is important to come and register to vote. I think it's important for people to vote because we've seen that this Western Cape government is not alright."

The 2014 general elections will most likely take place sometime in April but President Jacob Zuma is yet to announce the official date.