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Parliament, Cape Town - A series of “voter education” programmes are to be rolled out ahead of next year's general elections, according to Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor.
They include “on-the-ground campaigns with communities, partners and strategic stakeholders to promote and increase knowledge and understanding of the 2014 elections”, she said in written reply to a parliamentary question, tabled on Monday.
The question was posed by Democratic Alliance MP Manny de Freitas.
Pandor said she had referred it to the Independent Electoral Commission, which had advised there would be a “mass” voter education programme, including one aimed at people with disabilities, focusing on their access to vote.
There would also be a multimedia voter education programme.
“This includes educational radio and television campaigns to raise awareness of the 2014 elections, and to encourage active and informed citizen participation in the elections.”
Information would be provided on social media platforms as well, she said.
In partnership with the education department, it was also planned to hold a “Democracy Week” at schools to raise pupils' awareness of electoral processes and to entrench registration, voting and active participation as fundamental civic responsibilities.
Pandor did not give a timetable for the programmes.