n African Renaissance - The electoral commission and youth participation in the electoral process of South Africa : a critical deductive discourse on Africa’s electoral legitimacy

Volume 16 Number Special Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


The objective of the study was to explore the Electoral Commission of SA in Limpopo Province capacity on strengthening youth participation in an electoral process. To propose measures that can assist the Election Commission of SA on strengthening youth participation in an electoral process. Nine staff of the electoral commission of South Africa were sampled to participant in the study. The study was qualitative in nature. The purposively sampling was used to sample to nine electoral officials. Data was collected using semi-structured interview in a focus group which enabled the researchers to get dept-information from the participants. Data were analyzed using thematic analysis; the researcher carefully identifies the most important theme that emanated from the participants during the interview. An ethical consideration such as informed consent, confidentiality, anonymity, and voluntary participation was considered to protect the participants. The study finding shows that the electoral commission of South Africa deploys different strategies to increase youth participation in an electoral process. Towards 2019 National and Provincial Election X-Se advertising campaign was used to communicate with the youth on their own terms using social media.

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