As a measure of participation, voter turnout is a good indicator of the health of a democracy. In South Africa, the IEC calculates voter turnout as a percentage of the number of registered voters that vote on election day. But that number doesn’t tell us the full story. Not everyone that is eligible to vote registers to vote. An estimated 13 million eligible voters have not registered to vote for the 1 November local government elections.
Join Nompumelelo Runji; Policy and Political Analysis from Critical ThinkAR at the next Business Day DialoguesLIVE, in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung , with Dr. Collette Schulz-Herzenberg – Senior Lecturer: Department of Political Science, Stellenbosch University; Dr Nomsa Masuku – Commissioner: Electoral Commission of South Africa; Minhaj Jeenah – Executive Director, My Vote Counts and Hajra Omarjee – Political Editor, Business Day as they discuss what needs to be done to make registering and voting more appealing to those who don’t.
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