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ANC urges youth to vote

The ruling party urged the youth to take part in the 2014 general elections.

Leader of the opposition in the Western Cape Provincial Legislature, Lynne Brown, says with poverty being rife, the ANC's aim is to create a country where every citizen can live comfortably. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) has again called on young people to register to vote.

Thousands of people attended the launch of the party's provincial election manifesto in Delft on Saturday.

ANC leaders used the opportunity to urge people to vote for the ruling party in the upcoming general elections.

The party highlighted unemployment, housing and service delivery as few of the main issues it will tackle, should it be voted into power in the province.

Leader of the opposition in the Western Cape Provincial Legislature, Lynne Brown, says with poverty being rife, the party's aim is to create a country where every citizen can live comfortably.

"It's so important to register to vote. Your vote means that you are giving permission to a party to speak on your behalf."

South Africans will have their last opportunity to register to vote over the weekend of 8 and 9 February.

Meanwhile, the DA believes the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and ANC are competing against each other to be the main opposition party in the Western Cape.

EFF leader Julius Malema campaigned in areas including Valhalla Park and Khayelitsha.

DA leader for the Western Cape, Ivan Meyer, says his party is not concerned about the ANC and EFF, who are competing for the same voter base.

"We know that under Marius Fransman the ANC is hugely divided and Malema came to the Western Cape to benefit from the divided leadership within the ANC."

Meyer says the DA is expecting to receive more votes in this year's elections.

In 2009, we won the Western Cape with 51 percent, so we foresee that we will significantly increase our voter base this year by up to the region of 59 to 60 percent."

Last week, ANC leaders in the Western Cape called on smaller political parties for support, to help win back the DA-led Western Cape.

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