27 Million South Africans Head to the Polls Today in Fiercely Contested Election

Source: Africa Publicity

South Africans are heading to the polls today across their nation to vote in an election described as the most fiercely contested since the end of apartheid rule in 1994.

Over 27 million South Africans are registered to vote in the polls analysts say highlight growing political fragmentation in the country after three decades of democracy.

More than 1.6 million people had applied for special voting which took place yesterday and on Monday.

Meanwhile, South Africa’s Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, has cautioned voters and political actors against disruptive protests as South Africans go to the polls.

Some 2,800 soldiers have been deployed to hotspots around the country to assist police in maintaining law and order, with the Electoral Commission of South Africa declaring that it is ready to deliver the elections.

 

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