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A game show is being flighted on SABC2 aimed at voter education and improving knowledge about democratic processes. Contestants can win cash prizes.
 entertaining civic and voter education game show, The Right to Win, is airing on SABC2 on Saturdays at 12.30pm.

 

The game show is all about voter educationThe game show is all about voter educationThe game show premiered on 7 May and will air for 13 weeks. It comprises three rounds of fun and interactive games which test contestants’ knowledge on democracy and voting issues. Each week, the winning contestant will take home R10 000.
 

The show was commissioned by the SABC and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) as a means of educating people about how voting defends and enhances constitutional democracy. It was created by Kagiso TV and Communications, and Endemol SA.

“The Right to Win makes voter education fun,” says Surekha Singh, the commissioning editor at SABC education’s public information and social development unit. “Contestants must prove they are smarter than a politician. [It] is the first democracy game show ever on SABC television.”

Singh explains that each week, contestants are asked a series of questions, the first one to hit the buzzer and answer correctly, wins. At the end of the round, the team with the most points chooses one member of the opposing team for elimination.

Gillian Brollo of Kagiso TV says the show is fast-paced, competitive and edgy. It should appeal to young and old. “Those watching will be able to test their own knowledge on democracy,” she adds.

In the second round, two teams answer multiple-choice questions and race each other to build a structure called The House of Democracy. The team with the lowest score at the end of the round is eliminated.

The remaining two contestants enter the Great Debate. The studio audience chooses the most convincing speaker, who wins the R10 000 cash prize.

“The show will create an awareness of constitutional rights for people who don’t have access to that kind of information. The show does that in a fun and exciting way while challenging contestants and people sitting at home to use their thinking caps,” says the presenter, actor Aubrey Poo.

Elections
The local government elections will be held on 18 May, with voting stations open from 7am until 7pm. The day has been declared a national public holiday.

Although only for local government, these elections are regarded as being as important as national ones because they promote democratic participation at local level and help communities to engage with their local councillors about service delivery.

There are about 23 181 997 voters on the IEC’s Voters’ Roll. There are 759 polling stations in Joburg. To vote, registered voters need to have their South African green bar-coded identity books or temporary identity certificates – these are the only forms of identification that are accepted.

People must also vote where they are registered. To find out if and where you are registered, call 0800 11 8000; alternatively check your registration location on the IEC website.

ID book
To confirm the IEC has your correct details, you can also send an SMS with your identity number to 32810. There is also a list of voting stations online.

If you have moved since the last election, your voting district and voting station may have changed. To verify where you are registered to vote, visit the IEC website.

Registration for the local government elections next week is closed.

Only South African citizens with the required identity documents who are over the age of 18 may vote. It is a constitutional right to vote. Voting enhances electoral democracy, participatory development and peace and stability. It enables ordinary citizens to exercise constitutional rights and the country to fulfil its obligations in terms of international agreements with the United Nations human rights covenant, the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

“What other way can we continue to show the love we have for our country other than by coming out in our numbers … to cast our votes so that we can together continue to shape our amazing country’s future,” says Pansy Tlakula, the chief electoral officer.

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