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Turning supporters into voters

At the end of 2023 our campaign reached a pivotal milestone: Zackie is guaranteed a spot on the ballot. As the Constitutional Court brought the signature requirements for independent candidates from 13,202 down to 1,000, our hardworking volunteers and organisers managed to collect over 14 500 signatures in a period of just six weeks.

The enthusiastic response from voters points to a growing willingness to stand with independent candidates, like Zackie, in our democratic landscape.

We are now moving onto Phase Two of our campaign, with the goal of achieving 100,000 votes in the general election. Our focus is on converting supporters into voters. While the upcoming election has the potential to be a turning point for South Africa, its success will hinge on people’s participation in the voting process.

One of the biggest challenges faced by our campaign, and our democracy, is voter apathy. Although many new voices have emerged in the political space, voter turnout in South Africa has declined steadily over the last 30 years. Additionally, there are six million eligible voters under the age of 30 who are not yet registered.

We need to mobilise people to vote through education and registration efforts. Zackie2024 has planned a voter registration drive that aims to bolster registration numbers, educate the public about the new regional ballot, and introduce new supporters to the campaign.

As part of the official Voter Registration Weekend from 3-4 February, Zackie2024 will be doing voter registrations drives in four of our organising areas including Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, Klipfontein and Tygerberg. Look out for our team in purple and stop by to show your support and learn more about the campaign.

This will be the last IEC Voter Registration Weekend where people can register in person at the voting stations but you can still register online or at your local IEC office from Monday to Friday, during office hours. Every day is voter registration day, until registration closes.


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