48 political parties on the ballots for this year's general elections

48 political parties on the ballots for this year's general elections

South Africans will be spoiled for choice in this years general elections in May. The IEC has confirmed that 48 political parties will be contesting in 2019, 19 more than the last election in 2014.

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The Idependent Electoral Commission has confirmed that a record 48 parties will be contesting the May 8 general elections.

Sy Mamabolo, chief electoral officer, has announced that there will be 19 more political parties taking part in the elections than there had been in the 2014 elections.

According to the Sowetan, Gauteng is a most hotly contested province, with 38 parties vying for votes.

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The Northern Cape is the least contested province, with only 21 parties on the ballot for the region says Mamabolo.

The chief electoral officer said yesterday that 50 million ballot papers will be printed, utilizing 40 tons of paper and around 2 weeks to produce.

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During the code of conduct signing ceremony in Joburg yesterday Mamabolo confirmed that 26 700 000 citizens have registered to vote, with women accounting for just over half of the number.

There has also been an increase in young voters, with 21% of the voters roll consisting of South Africans under the age of 29.

Briefly.co.za gathers that most of the votes from South Africans living abroad with be cast in London.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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