This is why young people won’t be turning up at the polls this week

With the 2016 local elections just days away, all eyes are on young people. Just how will they vote? The Institute for Security Studies has done some research which shows that young people are not actually that keen on the whole election thing. Here’s why.

1. Frustration with unemployment

Even though young people realise the value of voting, they often don’t find it the best way to bring about change, especially in issues like unemployment.

2. Corruption

Young people see politics as full of corruption and self-enrichment, according to researcher Lauren Tracey. They do not see it as something that will ever benefit them through their vote.

3. Poor infrastructure

Poor infrastructure and lack of service delivery, particularly in more rural areas, is a point of contention for young voters, who find themselves increasingly disillusioned by the fact that these issues remain a reality. They don’t really see how a vote will change them.

4. Poor voter education

A proposed solution that Tracey offers in her findings is voter education programmes to be put into place at schools, and more outreach through different approaches to raise awareness to the youth about politics and democracy.

5. Lack of engagement through social media

Tracey offers this as another solution to the apathy issue – the youth need to be spoken to in their own language. In the digital age, that means through people in power better using social media and technology in a savvy manner to engage the youth, and bridging gaps where they may be.

6. Political uncertainty

Although the ANC has been popular among recent generations, their popularity isn’t always sticking. Young people are looking at changing their allegiances – but aren’t always certain about who to choose.

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