- Do you think that there is no point in voting?
- Do you feel it’s a waste of time?
- Do you think standing in a queue to register or to vote is beneath you?
- Do you think that your vote will be insignificant?
- Are you one of those who moans about leadership and the Government but are too lazy to put your cross on a voters ballot on the day?
- Are you planning a braai and a get-together on voting day because it will be a public holiday and you can have a “day off” while others stand in a queue in an area that you might not possibly want to visit?
If you answered “YES” to any of the above questions and if you have no intention of registering or voting, then don’t bitch, moan and wring your hands when the results come in later this year and you find that the people you think are wrong for leadership are in power over you!
This weekend, 8 & 9 February, is your last chance to register to make your mark count in the 2014 elections. Have you checked whether you are registered to vote?
A. Yes or B. Not yet
For more info on how to check your registration details, visit https://www.elections.org.za/content/For-voters/My-voter-registration-details/
… and if you’re not registered to vote near where you live, get off your backside and do something about registering so you can at least have a say … or you could do nothing and then be content with what you’re handed!
The ANC, which has been in power since 1994, obtained 65.90% of votes cast on the national ballot, making it just shy of being able to change the Constitution.
Some 23-million people were registered for the 2009 general elections, which was about 2.5 million more than in 2004. About 76% of registered voters took part in the election, with the ANC receiving 65.90% of the votes cast. About 12-million people eligible to vote either did not register to vote (about 7-million), or did register but did not vote (5.4 million).
That means that about 17.4 million people voted … and of them 11.5 million voted for the ANC … imagine if more people (who thought there was no point, or who didn’t want to stand in a queue, or were just plain lazy) had voted.
Imagine if all those who were having a “lekker kuier-day” off had voted instead of sitting around a braai moaning about the state of the country and the corrupt leadership, or the inefficient politicians. Things would have been different!
In South Africa we have Proportional Representation – simply, this means that even someone who doesn’t get the most number of the votes can still be elected into an office of responsibility.
Don’t miss the opportunity to have a say in your and your family’s future – register to vote and then when the time comes, go and do it! You owe it to yourself and your future.