Today's election is crucial, amid voter uncertainty

- | 5 months ago

South Africans go to the polls today in what is the most crucial election since the one which brought the country democracy in April 1994.

That ordinary citizens are concerned about the future is echoed in high levels of voter uncertainty, but also in the record number of parties – 48 – which will be on the ballot papers. That compares with the 29 who registered to fight the previous national election in 2014, and just 19, which were the contestants in the 1994 poll.

In 1994, when Nelson Mandela led the ANC to its first electoral victory, 19 million votes were cast in a stunning voter turnout of just under 88%.

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