Voting in elections - your right and the importance of voting

As soon as you turn 18, you have the right to vote. Why does that matter?

Your vote is a way for you to have a say in the way your country is run. Voting in the local government (municipal) elections means that you help to decide who is going to be in charge of your town, city and district. That means that they are the people who run the services that give you water, electricity, sanitation and garbage removal. Those are things that affect your everyday life.

Your vote is your voice.

Some people wonder why their vote makes a difference when their vote is just one in thousands. But if thousands of people think that way, that means thousands of voices are not heard, and that can make a big difference to the election results.

If you don't like the way your government runs your city or country, you have the right to say so through your vote. When you vote, YOU hold the power. National and Provincial elections in South Africa are held every 5 years, to vote for the people that run our country. Municipal elections are also held every five years but 2 years after national and provincial elections to vote for the people that run our city.

The basic idea behind democracy is that the people rule, and that each person has a vote. South Africa hasn't always allowed one vote to every person, and for many years people fought and died for democracy. It was that important to them. And it's still just as important. Make your voice heard!

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