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Over 4,000 schools across SA participating in IEC Democracy Week programme

There will also be a mock election at some schools so young people understand what the different role-players do during an election.

FILE: People cast their votes. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says more than 4,000 schools across the country are participating in its Democracy Week programme where pupils will be taught about the country’s voting system.

The programme has been rolled out in selected schools, 150 of them in Gauteng, in the week that South Africa celebrates Freedom Day and 23 years of democracy.

There will also be a mock election at some schools so young people understand what the different role-players do during an election.

Acting CEO Sy Mamabolo says this programme has been a great success over the past four years.

“The cooperation has been growing from strength to strength with each school year. We’re actually preparing the electorate because this is the future electorate. We’re preparing them for their eventual participation in the elections.

“But also we’re refocusing ourselves, re-sharpening our skills and so forth by engaging with a totally different constituency.”