To vote or not to vote: Is abstaining a no no?

The youth must turn up in their numbers and vote, because they are the future, urges Professor Matlotleng Matlou.

The Afrika Leadership Development Institute, or Lead Afrika, and the A2B Transformation Movement, called on voters not to abstain from voting at the polls tomorrow, but to rather vote for leaders who have the competence to lead the nation responsibly.

Professor Matlotleng Matlou, LeadAfrika’s Head of Governance and Leadership, says they are concerned about the youth in particular, because they are the next generation of leaders.

I think it is important that we break down the constitution's preamble and parts of the Bill of Rights which speaks about political rights that every citizen has the right to free, fair regular elections.

Prof. Matlotleng Matlou, LeadAfrika’s Head of Governance and Leadership

Elections should not be taken for granted because for a long time black people were not allowed to vote. And prior to that, women had no vote either, he said.

These local government elections are of utmost importance because of the huge violent protest we had due to lack of service delivery

Prof. Matlotleng Matlou, LeadAfrika’s Head of Governance and Leadership

It is important to have the right to vote. You are making a choice, you are determining what kind of governance should happen in your area, and also to hold people you have elected to power accountable...

Prof. Matlotleng Matlou, LeadAfrika’s Head of Governance and Leadership

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