11 Apr 2014 10:10am
WINDHOEK, 11 APR (NAMPA) The second leg of the #Stopwaiting campaign which aims to inspire the youth to vote in the 2014 general elections, is scheduled to kick off at the end of April.
Namibians go to the polls in November this year to vote in the Presidential and National Assembly elections.
The NYC initiated the campaign, and with the support of the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) and the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture held it first sensitisation campaign at the Groot Aub village south of Windhoek on 05 February this year.
This was when the general registration of voters (GRV) exercise was still ongoing.
The GRV commenced on 15 January, and ended on 01 March 2014 throughout Namibia.
A round of supplementary registration will take place during September this year.
The vice-chairperson of the National Youth Council of Namibia (NYC)s Board Beatrice Kotungondo said during a media conference here on Thursday that the first campaign was a huge success, citing recent figures from the ECN saying about 85 per cent of the youth had registered as voters.
She said a second and third round of campaigns to urge the youth to register and vote will follow soon.
The campaign is not representing any political party, but only to encourage the youth to register and vote for the party of their choice, she noted.
The ECN said more than 1.1 million voters have registered to vote. Namibia has a population of about 2.2 million people.
Kotungondo made reference to these figures, saying the largest percentage of registered voters (44 per cent) fall in the age group 18 to 32 years.
She said the born-frees (those born after 21 March 1990) make up 19.73 per cent of registered voters.
The ECN also stated that when calculated against a total Namibian youth population of around 600 000, the abovementioned figures represent 85 per cent of the youth who have registered.
Kotungondo stressed that the campaign was initiated because voter apathy in Namibia has become a serious concern, not only among the youth of the country, but throughout each demographic age group.
The campaign was a nationwide registration operation comprising radio and television advertisements, road and talk shows as well as social media campaigns.
In the words of the ECN, the youth of Namibia have truly stood up and made their presence felt during the general registration of voters.
However, we should not rest on our laurels, but continue to engage the youth and inspire them to go out and actually vote during the upcoming election, the youth leader added.