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Youth participation in electoral processes

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Development Studies, North-West University (Mafikeng Campus), Private Bag X2046, Mmabatho 2735, South Africa
  • 2Department of Development Studies, North-West University (Mafikeng Campus), Private Bag X2046, Mmabatho 2735, South Africa

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 7, Issue (10), Pages 6-12, October,14 (2018)


The study was carried out to provide an understanding of the participation of the Municipality’s youth in the local electoral processes. The objective of the study measured and examined the extent of youth participation in the local electoral processes of the Municipality, investigated and identified factors that prevent the youth from participating in electoral processes within the Municipality. The study applied a qualitative research methodology with questionnaires and interviews used to collect data. A number of factors were found as posing challenges to the youth and had hindered their participation in electoral processes. These challenges emanated from negative attitudes of the youth towards politics. Also, employment/income, age, gender and race were some salient factors backed by poor education background, poverty and unemployment. The study recommends that the youth in the Municipality should be socially and politically well-informed by their parents, teachers, church elders and the Mafikeng community to enable them acquire skills and positive attitudes towards participating in the local electoral processes.


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