NYC says its stop waiting campaign proved to be a massive success

WINDHOEK: The National Youth Council of Namibia (NYC) says its “STOPWAITING” campaign proved to be a massive success, as 85 per cent of Namibian youth registered during the general registration of voters (GRV).

The GRV period ran from 15 January to 02 March 2014.

In a media release availed to Nampa on Tuesday, the NYC of Namibia explained that with the support of the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) and the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture, they embarked upon a youth registration drive designed to mobilize Namibia’s youth to register before 02 March.

This drive was to counter voters’ apathy in the country as it has become a serious concern, not only amongst the youth of the country, but throughout each demographic age group.

According to statistics released by the ECN on 14 March, a total of 1,158,925 voters were registered during the GRV process.

The largest percentage of registered voters – which is 44 per cent – fell in the age group of 18 to 32 years, with the ‘born-frees’ making up 19.73 per cent of the registered voters.

“When calculated against a total Namibian youth population of around 600,000, the above figure represents 85 per cent of Namibian youth having registered during the registration period,” the statement boasted.

According to the NYC, the youth of Namibia truly stood up and made their presence felt during the GRV, but they warned that the country should not rest on its laurels but continue to engage the youth and inspire them to go out and vote during November’s Presidential and National Assembly elections.