ELECTIONS FAIL TO DRAW YOUNG VOTERS
*Caption: Yashay and Jessica Panday after voting at Summit Primary School’s voting station
Written by: Mbuso Kunene
Chatsworth’s Yashay Panday urged the youth “to do the right thing” after he cast his first vote of the well anticipated 2016 local government elections at Summit Primary on Wednesday.
The 19-year-old said that it was important to him to vote, as the country’s future leaders are the youth.
“I am happy that I voted and I think it’s for the greater cause,” said Panday. “ The way I see the country is not going as planned, so it important to vote even if you young. The youth has to stand up and exercise their right.”
Meanwhile the African Christian Democratic Party’s (ACDP) Peddy Chattier said that elections seemed far at Summit Primary voting station.
Chattier also stated that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) had to go with new technology.
“These days’ things are done in thumb prints. If this new technology can be applied here, it would be easier, far and saves time for voters,” said Chattier.
Ward 70 of Chatsworth, Wood Hurst Secondary voting station recorded over 3 000 eligible voters to take part in this year’s elections. Just over 580 had cast their votes on the first six hours of the voting day.
Wood Hurst voting station’s presiding officer Malcolm Chatty said that voting had not gone according his expectations.
“During the final period of voter registration, the youth showed interest. So far that has not reflected in terms of people casting votes here,” said Chatty.
While the long que was full of senior citizens, 55-year-old Raj Mungal emphasized the importance of voting to the youth.
“It is my duty to exercise this important right. The young stars should know how important (it is) to choose who to govern you,” said Mungal.
He further said that those who do not vote must not complain about the pace of government’s service delivery.