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IEC candidates concerned about low number of young registered voters

The candidates interviewed so far believe more research needs to be done to raise more awareness.

FILE: People voting on 7 May 2014. Picture: Amanda Moore/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Candidates short listed for the position of a part-time commissioner at the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) have raised concerns about the low number of young registered voters.

Thirteen people are being interviewed today by a panel headed by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and Public Protester Thuli Madonsela.

Last year, President Jacob Zuma accepted the National Assembly's request to re-initiate the process when it found the previous list lacked sufficient choices with regards to gender and race.

There has been a strong focus during the interview process, on why many young people in South Africa are not interested in voting.

The candidates interviewed so far believe that more research needs to be done, and that the IEC needs to prioritise its awareness campaign.

At the same time, female candidates say it's important that a woman is appointed to join the team of four males.

Attorney Lourens De Klerk told the panel that while he's serious about his nomination, he also believes a female should be appointed.

Less than half of the candidates short listed for this position are women.