South Africans go to the Polls in General Election

Written by on May 30, 2024

South Africans went to the polls on Wednesday in a general election that saw over 50 parties vying for seats in the National Assembly.

Polling stations opened on Wednesday morning across the country, where at least 11 other independent candidates were also contesting for seats in different legislatures.

More than 27 million people were registered to vote in the elections, which highlighted growing political fragmentation after 30 years of democracy.

After casting his vote, incumbent President Cyril Ramaphosa said he was confident that the ANC would win the race. Police Minister Bheki Cele had warned against disruptive protests, stating that more than 17,000 officers had been deployed
on the ground, including around 2,800 soldiers in hot-spot areas around the country to assist in maintaining law and order.

The South Africa Independent Electoral Commission reported that they were well prepared for the election and the results are expected to be announced on Sunday.

Report -Chenai Museta

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