Editorials
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3 Nov 2021
6:15 am

Low voter turnout should worry all

Editorials

An estimated 48% of registered voters turned up to put their crosses on the ballot papers.

A voter casting her vote at the Philip Nel Fire station voting station on 1 November 2021, Pretoria. Picture: Jacques Nelles

The cynics may well be correct when they point out that South Africans – many of them, at least – take full advantage of public holidays on election days to indulge their passion for partying… or just lying around, doing nothing. That was certainly one factor in the disappointingly low turnout in Monday’s local government polls, where an estimated 48% of registered voters turned up to put their crosses on the ballot papers. In the same polls in 2016, more than 57% did their civic duty. ALSO READ: Disturbingly low voter turnout recorded across all nine provinces thus far Some...