Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature and IEC take voter education campaign to Butterworth

JULY 14, 2016

The Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature, in collaboration with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), is embarking on a Voter Education Campaign across the Province to encourage and educate citizens to exercise their right to vote and will be in the Mnquma Local Municipality on Thursday.

Members of Parliament (MPs), National Council of Provinces (NCOP) and Members of the Provincial Legislature (MPLs), Municipality Councillors and representatives are visiting various towns as part of the campaign in bid to educate the electorate on the importance of participating in elections.

"Voter Education campaign is an instrument to enhance public participation as the cornerstone for constitutional democracy. The campaign is an initiative of the Legislature in partnership with the IEC to reach as many people as possible ahead of the coming municipal elections," the Legislature said.

"This initiative took off the ground after an observation has been made of the poor turnout by youth in voting.  Its key focus is encouraging first time voters, influencing the youth and other potential voters to participate maximally in the upcoming local government elections scheduled for 03 August2016. 

"The campaign, which continues until the 25 of July, kicked off in Peddie on 20 June 2016.

It will be rolled out in partnership with Mnquma Local Municipality as follows:

Venue                  : Butterworth, Fingoland Mall

Date                     : Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Time                     : 10h00