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Concern over voter registration apathy

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It is also not certain what is being done to address voter apathy or how they intend attracting youths and first-time voters

Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency (ANA)

THE ANC in the Northern Cape has not responded to media enquiries regarding a letter from its provincial elections co-ordinator that indicated that its voter registration was below the provincial target over the weekend.

This was the last opportunity to register before the national general elections that is expected to take place in May this year.

The letter, which was dated January 26, informed all voter district, regional and branch co-ordinators that the turn-out at the voting stations was “disappointing” and called for more new voters to be recruited in the John Taolo Gaetsewe, Frances Baard, Pixley ka Seme, ZF Mgcawu and Namaqua districts.

The provincial ANC office did not respond to enquiries yesterday as to whether it was satisfied with the turn-out at the voter registration stations and if this could be a reflection of the number of voters who would visit the polls on voting day.

It is also not certain what is being done to address voter apathy or how they intend attracting youths and first-time voters.

The ANC Frances Baard regional secretary, Webster Dichaba, extended his gratitude to members and supporters who had “come out in their numbers to register to cast their vote for the ANC”.

He also thanked volunteers and the youth and promised all voters that he would forward any of their concerns or challenges to ANC deployees in government.

Dichaba invited all members to fill the Galeshewe Stadium to capacity on February 2 to celebrate the 107th anniversary of the ANC and the launch of the provincial manifesto.

“All sub-regions will be provided with necessary logistics for them to attend.”

ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to deliver the keynote address.