Political organisations contacted earlier this week had no specific plans to encourage students to register for municipal elections. According to the IEC, this weekend is the last opportunity for registration.

Students interviewed on Monday had not seen any advertisements or campaigns on campus.

According to IEC figures, only 11.4% of young people between 18 and 19 are registered to vote in the upcoming municipal elections.

Mukondeleli Mphigalale, chairperson of the Wits Congress of the People Student Movement (COPESM) said on Monday her party was going to try to place posters around campus to advertise the registration process, but they were struggling with time constraints.

Mphigalale said they were focusing on “word of mouth” to convince students to register.

African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) secretary at Wits, Lebohang Matshaba, said his party was concentrating on new media to get the message across.

But a check of the new media sites such as Facebook and Twitter could not find any such campaign about the upcoming registration.

“No, I’ve never seen any organisation creating that awareness,” said Jones Matlakala, a 4th year Media Studies student.

On Monday the Progressive Youth Alliance (PYA) had organised flyers which contained registration details, while the Democratic Alliance Students’ Organisation (DASO) had theirs up on Tuesday near the Matrix.

The last date to register is this weekend. Registration stations around Wits are to be found at Wits Old Mutual Hall and the Metropolitan Theatre, 158 Loveday Street, between 8am and 5pm.