Seven reasons why you should vote

1 ] Because you can!

You may take your right to vote and all other rights in our Constitution for granted, but 25 years ago, most of the people in our country were not allowed to vote. Today, all South Africans over 18 are able to have a say in choosing their national or local government in the elections.

2 ] Elections have consequences

You have the power to decide on the quality of life you want for yourself and your community, and even future generations. Voting is your chance to stand up for the issues you care about.

3] Not voting is giving up your voice

By participating in the electrol process as a voter, you get a say in how things are done for the next five years. Your power is in your vote.

4 ] It’s your money

Voting is your chance to choose how your taxes are spent – such as funding for social services, healthcare and schooling.

5 ] Democracy needs you!

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Democracy only works if people participate.

6 ] Voting is an opportunity for change

“If you don’t vote, you deserve the government that comes into power,” says Schwella.

7 ] Our generation knows best

Social media and the internet give us access to information which previous generations of voters didn’t have.