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First-time voter encourages youth to be the change they want to see

Maseeha Mahomedy, a 21-year-old first time voter in the local government elections.

Maseeha Mahomedy, a 21-year-old first time voter in the local government elections.

Published Nov 1, 2021

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DURBAN - On Monday, citizens get to choose which councillor or political party should govern in their respective areas over the next five years.

At Westville’s Truro Hall, in Durban, we caught up with first-time voters in the local government elections.

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Maseeha Mahomedy, 21, stood in the queue, waiting to cast her ballot for the very first time in the local government elections.

“This is my first time voting in the local government elections and I am so excited. I have always wanted to vote,” Maseeha said.

She said her heart was in doing community work and volunteering.

“I’m passionate about politics. From the time I was in school and learning history, I have always wanted to participate. There needs to be change in how we are being governed, especially after the violent unrest and the looting,” she said.

She hoped for a government that listens to what the people want and adhere to change.

“I would like to encourage other young people to be the change they want to see.”

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She said the area could do more in terms of crime reduction.

In this voting station, the queue was not very long, and it moved fast.

Physical distancing was followed and hand sanitising was done at the entrance.

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Two police officers were at the hall monitoring the voting station.

Inside the hall it was spacious and various IEC officers helped voters.

Most voters were impressed about the smooth voting process.

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