Voter Education and Registration Campaign

Voter Education and Registration Campaign

Introduction

South Africa will conduct its 5th national democratic elections in the year 2014 As peoples' representatives, 
Gauteng Speakers through GSF have taken it upon themselves to educate the general public about the imperativeness of participating in the democratic elections. 
At a provincial level the GPL will spearhead all efforts in partnership with the IEC, Department of Home Affairs and other social partners 

The campaign was launched on October 01st 2013


Phase 1: Ambassadors & Social Activations Programme and Voter Education Workshops: 

1) Roll out of the Ambassadors & Social Activations Programme 
- Appointment of service provider should be concluded by 06/11/13
- Implementation should begin in December 2013 and full rollout in January to April 2014 
- Focus will be on the December holiday season, voter registration and voting day 
- Programme will run through out the length of the campaign


Objectives 

A lot has been said and written about the youth to the extent that this section of our society might be apathetic. The debate series therefore seeks to get the youth to debate around the state of our democracy. Below are objectives of this initiative: 
- Create space for youth to engage in debates and mould their own voice; 
- Encourage their contemporaries to take part in the National and Provincial elections; and 
- Give a new and youthful perspective on democracy as a preferred system in South Africa 
- Engage on topics which dominate the public discourse and may assist potential voters in opting for voting come the National and Provincial Elections 


Rollout Plan: Youth Series 

- The debate sessions will take a "town hall" approach 
- Rollout of 4 different debates sessions on 4 different predetermined topics 
- Interactive sessions with youth which is more interested in discussions affecting our democracy 
- Appointment of a seasoned facilitator who will work through all 4 sessions and lead discussions 
- Identification of a panel (consisting of not more than 4 contributors) for each of the 4 sessions 
- Opening of each of the sessions will be done by the Presiding Officer of the GPL 
- Members of the audience will be given space to contribute in the discussions in an interactive way 
- The first three session should be attended by not more than 200 participants and the 4th session will be opened to 400 participants 
- Participation will be by organisations comprising of young people 
- Exception for individual participation will be on the basis that an individual will make extraordinary contribution 


Discussion Topics 

- The Impact of perceived or real Corrupt behaviour on Youth’s voting power in South Africa 2014 Elections; 
- How does democracy aid accountability, transparency and good governance. "what is the role of the youth in preserving democracy; 
- Democracy and the role of social media (the rise and the fall of State sovereignty) 
-  Youth realisation of Moral Regeneration; and 
- In the absence of democracy … what else? The Arab Spring 


Partnership 

To implement the Project, partnerships with the following organisations/institutions will be sought aimed at both technical and/or research capacity support: 
- South African Democracy Education Trust (SADET) 
- Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) 
- Institute for Security Studies (ISS) University of Wits (Wits) 
- University of Pretoria (UP) 
- University of Johannesburg (UJ) 
- Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) 
- Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) 


Target Audience

The project is primarily aimed at youth stratum as an important element of the voting population organised in this form: 
- Student organisations organising in tertiary institutions e.g. SAUS 
- South African Youth Council (SAYC) 
- Black Management Forum Youth Chapter (BMF) 
- National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) 
- Provincial and Municipal Youth Development Units 
- Other relevant Institutions Supporting Democracy (ISDs) 
- Other youth organisation on the GPL database 


Facilitator Responsibility 

A seasoned facilitator will be appointed to manage all four sessions, and bellow are their responsibilities: 
- Facilitate all four debate/discussion sessions in line with the concept; 
- Should be abreast and conversant with current affairs 
- Demonstrate neutrality and exhibit no political inclinations; 
- Understand the GPL and the purpose of the CRC: Voter Education and Registration Campaign; 
- Appeal to the target audience; and 
- Form part all preparatory meetings and briefing sessions for participants