LOCAL PRODUCERS TACKLE VOTER APATHY AMONGST YOUTH
Two local producers from Gaborone have recorded a song to encourage the youth to vote in this year’s general elections.
The song is meant to recruit youth volunteers and build awareness amongst the youth, who are the most apathetic when it comes to voting.
The producers, Keabetswe ‘Teknoize’ Ragalase and Obusitse Motshidi say they have thus far managed to feature many popular local artists on the track.
Amongst others the artists include, Eskimos, Orakle, Scar, Moruti Million, Modiratiro, and Khabba khabba, Chaoke Da Ruler, Lesh D, Noello, Sasa Klass, Ozi F Teddy, Euri, Amanandos, Ruxion, PK Maada and Kast.
“We are currently receiving a lot of support from many other local artists like Charma Gal from Culture Spears, says Ragalase.” He says they want to feature as many artists to make the song more appealing.
Obusitse Motshidi added that the track dubbed ‘Young Voters Rock Anthem’ will be ready next week.
It will debut on Yarona Fm since it is regarded as the most youthful radio station, and then others will follow.
The two producers say they would like to engage different stakeholders such as the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) because their movement is non partisan and nonprofit making initiative.
During last year’s voter registration in October, the Independent Electoral Commission managed to register only 300 000 potential voters, out of a population of 2000 000 Batswana.
Only a third of those who registered comprised of the youth.
Speaking during a press conference recently to officially announce the 2011 Population and Housing Census, Deputy Statistician General, Dabilani Buthali indicated that there are no statistics to show why the youth have been the most apathetic voters, though they make up most of the population.