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South Africa holds early voting ahead of Wednesday’s main vote

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South Africa has held early voting for some special group of voters on Monday ahead of the main vote in the general elections on Wednesday.

The special voting was meant for registered voters who are unable to travel to a voting station because of physical challenges such as disability, pregnancy or advanced age.

In many retirement homes, voters were able to cast their special ballots in order to avoid long queues expected on Wednesday.

Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) staff were on site to help these special groups of people.

South Africans will be voting on Wednesday to decide which party forms the next government, thirty years after the end of the apartheid system of white minority rule.

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Wednesday’s voting will take place in all nine provinces and it will decide the makeup of both the national and provincial legislatures.

South Africa has been governed by the ruling African National Congress party (ANC), since 1994 when the country ended the apartheid regime.

Nearly 28 million of the population of 62 million registered to vote in what is seen as a very crucial election.

Results are expected within days.

The ANC is predicted to be on the road of losing majority for the first time, according to many pollsters.

Should that happen, the ANC which is still predicted to win the vote would have to form a coalition with one of the smaller opposition parties.

“We gather here carrying with us the hopes and aspirations of millions of our people … to declare that together, we will do more and we will do better,” Ramaphosa told supporters last week in Soweto.

 

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Source: Africafeeds.com

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