A majority of the registered voters are expected to step on the ballot to vote in our local elections 2021. But millions of our countrymen won’t be voting, they will be going on with their lives come Monday 1 November.
There are 26.2-million people registered to vote, but 13 million won’t go near polling stations.
But are there nations that force citizens to vote? There are about 22 countries worldwide that have compulsory voting but only 11 enforce it, according to World Atlas.
LOCAL ELECTIONS 2021: COUNTRIES WITH COMPULSORY VOTING
While there are a total of 22 countries around the globe that set voting as mandatory, only half of them enforce it. A chief example is Belgium in Europe. Everyone above the age of 18 is mandated to vote.
South America’s Argentina has minor exceptions based on age. All citizens aged 18 to 70 face compulsory voting but one is not enforced if you’re over 70 years of age or aged between 16 and 18.
Those who are older than 70 can decline voting after formally communicating it with the administration before the event.
Argentina’s neighbours Brazil, say citizens aged 18 to 70 who can read and write must vote but if you are between 16 and 17, and over 70, it is not forced.
In Ecuador, citizens aged 18 to 35 are mandated to vote, except for those who are illiterate.
North Koreans, with only one candidate to vote for on the ballot, allow citizens aged over 17 years to either approve or disapprove of the candidate.
COUNTRIES WITH COMPULSORY VOTING BUT NO ENFORCEMENT
Unlike Mzansi’s local elections 2021, Africa and other nations in South America apply mandatory voting but the government is yet to establish the enforcement route.
The nations include Egypt, Gabon, Libya, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The same applies in American nations such as the Dominican Republic and Guatemala, as well as select nations in Europe like Greece and Bulgaria.
All 22 nations with mandatory voting, enforced or not enforced:
ArgentinaAustraliaBelgiumBoliviaBrazilBulgariaCosta RicaDemocratic Republic of the CongoDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptGabonGreeceGuatemalaHondurasLebanonLibyaLiechtensteinLuxembourgMexicoNauruNorth KoreaPanamaParaguayPeruSingaporeThailandTurkeyUruguay.
Meanwhile, South Africa’s local elections 2021 take place on Monday 1 November.