With the 2024 national and provincial elections approaching, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) underscores the critical role that our young people will play in determining South Africa’s destiny. We truly think that youth voting is not just a right but also a responsibility, one that will help to shape our nation and protect the hopes of future generations.

Here are compelling reasons why it’s crucial for the youth to participate in the 2024 elections:
1. Youthful Perspectives Matter: The youth bring fresh perspectives, innovative ideas, and a dynamic approach to politics. Your unique experiences and aspirations can drive change and revitalization in the political landscape.
2. Policy Impact: Your vote influences the policies and decisions that affect your education, employment, healthcare, and overall well-being. By participating, you have a say in shaping a future that aligns with your interests and values.
3. Holding Leaders Accountable: By voting, you hold elected officials accountable for their actions or inaction. Your vote is a powerful tool to demand transparency, responsiveness, and ethical governance.
4. You Are the Majority: Youth make up a significant portion of the population. Your collective voice can be a game-changer in the outcomes of elections, ensuring that leaders address your concerns.
5. Legacy Building: Voting is not just about the present; it’s about creating a legacy for the future. By participating now, you lay the foundation for a more inclusive and just society for generations to come.
6. Equality and Representation: Voting is an equalizer, ensuring that every citizen’s voice is heard, regardless of age, background, or social status. It’s an opportunity to address issues like inequality and social justice.
7. Positive Change: If you’re dissatisfied with the current situation, voting provides the means to bring about positive change. Your vote is your voice in the pursuit of a better South Africa.
8. Civic Engagement: Voting fosters civic engagement. It’s a step toward active participation in your community, creating a sense of belonging and responsibility.
9. Global Citizenship: Your vote reflects your commitment to the principles of democracy, which extends beyond national borders. It showcases South Africa’s commitment to democratic values on the world stage.
10. Demographic Advantage: By voting, the youth can influence political agendas and ensure that the issues that matter to them are prioritized by political parties and leaders.

In 2024, your vote is more than just a mark on a ballot; it’s a proclamation of your aspirations, a force for change, and an investment in a better future. All young South Africans are encouraged by the UDM to register, participate, and use their democratic rights in the upcoming 2024 provincial and national elections. By working together, we can create a South Africa that empowers and elevates all her people, especially its most precious resource, the youth.

Issued by:
United Democratic Movement National Office
Mr Yongama Zigebe
UDM Secretary General