Young voters at 20-year low as protests beat polls

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Young South Africans are turning their backs on elective politics at the fastest pace in at least two decades, a trend that may hurt the ANC in next week’s vote.

The number of South Africans under 20 who have registered to participate in the May 8 general election has dropped to the lowest level since at least 1999, data from the Independent Electoral Commission show. It didn’t have details for the first non-racial elections in 1994.

Among citizens aged 18 to 29 - the biggest segment of the voting population - registrations are at the lowest in at least a decade.

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