Don’t stay away from voting, says South African president

April 22nd, 2009 - 3:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Pretoria, April 22 (IANS) South African President Kgalema Motlanthe Wednesday appealed to people to cast their vote in the country’s fourth general election since the end of apartheid, saying “it’s an important opportunity and everyone must utilise it”.
After casting his vote shortly after 7 a.m., Bua News reported Motlanthe as saying: “You can’t improve any situation by staying away from it. If you have a vote and you don’t use it, it will take five years (until the next election).”

He told media after casting his vote at the Colbin voting station in Pretoria, “It’s an important opportunity and everyone must utlilise it.”

The Colbin voting station has been erected in a residential area park here and a queue of voters had started to form since early morning.

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