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2016 local government elections by the numbers

2016-08-02 23:33
Poll. (Ipsos)

Cape Town - The 2016 municipal elections in numbers:

73 900 000 - Ballot papers printed for the 2016 election 
26 333 353 - Registered voters
16 500 000 - Addresses missing from the voters roll in January
10 000 000 - SMS messages sent by the IEC to potential voters
4 000 000 - The number the IEC has reduced the missing address backlog to
1 800 000  - An estimate of how many A4 pages are needed to provide a copy of the segment of the voters' roll for each voting station
1 700 000 - The number of times the USSD string which provides voter information, has been dialled 
719 000 - People registered for a special vote
580 000 - Pens needed
200 000 - The rand amount of the maximum fine for a violation of the electoral code of conduct
177 000 - Election officials trained
153 000 - Ballot boxes
138 000 - Electoral staff who are otherwise unemployed, and will get work experience by working for the IEC over this crucial time
133 000 - Voting booths
63 654 - Candidates (18% more than 2011)
63 000 - People who called the contact centre for information
48 000 - Voter education events
45 000 - Banners to mark voting stations
40 000 - Voting officials who are under 25
40 000 - The number of time the IEC's digital voting game has been downloaded
29 000 - Queries to the IEC via Twitter
22 612 - Voting stations 
17 000 - Email inquiries to the IEC
9 301 - Councillor positions available
4 649 - Unique ballots
2,000 - Municipal outreach co-ordinators and democracy education facilities
1000 - Voting stations which will have free Wi-Fi, according to Telkom
855 - Independent candidates (compared to 754 in 2011)
450 - Computers at the national results centre 
204 - Parties contesting elections (68% more than 2011)
75 - Voter turnout percentage for 2011 municipal elections
60 - Tons of stationery required
60 - The maximum number of letters allowed for a party name
48 - Voter turnout percentage for 2006 municipal elections
44 - District councils
37 - Parties contesting the Cape Town metro. They are on the biggest ballot paper ever.
31 - Mobile voting stations countrywide
28 - Complaints received by the IEC by the beginning of day two of special voting.
25 - People killed in politically motivated killings
18 - How old you need to be to vote
14 - People arrested in connection with politically motivated killings
12 - Mobile voting stations in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga, the most in the whole country
10 - The maximum years in prison for breaching the electoral code of conduct
9 - Provincial results centres
8 - Metro councils
7 - Opening time in the morning and closing time at night on voting day, 3 August
6 - A good time in the morning to wake up to get ready to vote
5 - Municipal elections are held every five years
4 - The time in the morning that officials will be up counting votes
3 - Types of municipalities in South Africa: Metro, local and district
2 - Years the IEC has been preparing for this election
1 - One black mark on your thumb means you have voted.

Most of the information was sourced from News24 and the IEC 
http://www.elections.org.za/content/About-Us/News/Launch-of-the-National-Results-Operations-Centre--Speech-from-the-Chief-Electoral-Officer,-Mr-Mostho-Moepya/

- Find everything you need to know about the 2016 Local Government Elections at our News24 Elections site, including the latest news and detailed, interactive maps for how South Africa has voted over the past 3 elections, or download the app for iOS and Android. 

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