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Covid-19 and state of municipalities will influence voting choices - researcher

11 October 2021 11:48 AM
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Voter registration
My Vote Counts
Voter turnout
local government elections
2021 municipal elections

Morning Review host Lester Kiewit chats to My Vote Counts researcher Letlhogonolo Letshele about voter turnout ahead of the November polls.
  • Electoral systems researcher Letlhogonolo Letshele says the Covid-19 pandemic and collapsing municipalities will affect voter turnout and voting decisions on Election Day
  • Local government elections will take place on 1 November

FILE: Western Cape IEC centre say it's ready to open polls Picture: Boikhutso Ntsoko/Eyewitness News

My Vote Counts researcher Letlhogonolo Letshele says the Covid-19 pandemic and the crisis facing local governments is expected to impact voting decisions in the upcoming elections.

Letshele says perceptions about the response to the Covid-19 crisis and the state of local government will influence how many people turn up at voting stations and how they vote.

"The municipal crisis is going to play a role in how people perceive whether elections work or not", she tells CapeTalk.

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Only 27 out of 257 South African municipalities received a clean audit outcome in the Auditor-General’s report for 2019/2020 financial year.

Letshele says South Africans are "fed up" with irregular expenditure and poor service delivery, but how will this translate at the polls?

The Electoral Commission has had approximately 300,000 new voter registrations since the previous elections whereas the commission expected over one million people to sign up.

Covid-19 and the state of local government is going to play a key role in how people are going to vote or actually even turn up to vote.

Letlhogonolo Letshele, Researcher - My Vote Counts

Historically, local government elections have really had a low turnout, people don't show up as much as they do for national elections.

Letlhogonolo Letshele, Researcher - My Vote Counts

It's the youth between 18 and 19, that's where you have perceptions about low voter turnout in that demographic.

Letlhogonolo Letshele, Researcher - My Vote Counts

We can still push for people to actually pitch up and actually vote because the voters roll is sitting at around 26 million but we really don't know who are the people that are going to actually wake up and go cast the ballot.

Letlhogonolo Letshele, Researcher - My Vote Counts



11 October 2021 11:48 AM
Tags:
Voter registration
My Vote Counts
Voter turnout
local government elections
2021 municipal elections

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