Hein Kaiser
Journalist
3 minute read
19 Oct 2021
6:45 am

Voter apathy, indecisiveness threaten parties

Hein Kaiser

For many voters, this year’s Halloween election is a scary prospect and for political parties with the lowest turnout yet forecast, a potential crisis.

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Political parties contesting the 1 November municipal elections don’t just have one another to battle at the polls. One of the biggest threats to the upcoming polls is voter apathy and, according to a recent paper by Collette Schulz-Herzenberg of the Konrad-Adenuaer Foundation, South Africa’s voter turnout at election time has been in a steady decline since 1994. Added to this, the large neutral collective measured by online sentiment and digital analysis hints that many citizens just have no idea who to vote for. For many voters, this year’s Halloween election is a scary prospect and for political parties with...