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Gauteng govt to educate young voters in schools

Provincial leaders say they want to create a culture of active citizenship among the youth.

Picture: Amanda Moore/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng government said it will start educating young people in schools about the importance of voting through It's My Vote 2016 Campaign.

The campaign, which was launched yesterday, aims to encourage more people to register to vote in this year's municipal elections and other future polls.

The Independent Electoral Commission said 80 percent of eligible young voters aren't registered.

Provincial leaders say they want to create a culture of active citizenship among the youth.

Deputy speaker in the provincial legislature Uhuru Moiloa said, "They have to take responsibility today so that they're governed better. In the future, there's no guarantee that their system of governance in the future will be as peaceful, as tolerable, as cooperative, as inclusive as the one of our generation."

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