Mock elections in schools

Monday, April 25, 2016

Pretoria – Selected schools in Rustenburg will today set up mock voting stations with ballot boxes, voting booths and dummy ballot papers to give learners an insight into elections and the country’s democracy.

The Department of Basic Education will today launch the 2016 Schools Democracy Week Programme in Rustenburg.

The department on Sunday said it will launch the programme in partnership with the Electoral Commission (IEC).

The Schools Democracy Week aims to empower the young citizens of South Africa with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for active citizenship and encouraging them to register and vote in elections, a critical step in nurturing the country’s young democracy.

“The programme will roll out in selected public schools throughout South Africa from 24 to 30 April 2016, encapsulating 27 April, national Freedom Day, when the nation will celebrate 22 years of electoral democracy.” -