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'We have learnt our lesson' – Ramaphosa addresses voters in #SAElections2019

08-May-2019 07:00:00
IEC voting station

Election day has officially arrived and South Africans across the country are queuing up at polling stations to make their mark and have their say.

Find everything you need to know about the 2019 National and Provincial 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. Make sure your News24 app is updated to access all our elections coverage in one place.

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08 May 15:46
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Why only one scanner? It seems that this is national problem. #HillcrestHigh School KZN there was only one scanner and then the youngster presiding officer spoiled my handicapped son’s ballad. We moved from #Boskruin Community Station was better last election. Tweet from @Rob_DVD
08 May 15:23
Just voted and it was an easy and efficient process here the NMU Ocean Sciences station, tweets @ForeverShakes
08 May 15:22
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Get your registration status, current voting station and ward number

Remember you can also SMS your ID Number to 32810 (R1.00 per SMS).

08 May 15:14
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Voting was seamless. Thank you Lord for watching over South Africa. May your peace reign over us forevermore. Guide our leaders and give them the wisdom and strength to lead with integrity and diligence. Tweet from @Tlawi01
08 May 15:06
There were issues at Hoërskool Pretoria-Wes voting stations were they ran out of ballot papers for over two hours. Papers were received at 14:00 and the lines are moving again. Tweet from @AlexMitchley
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IEC statement

STRONG EARLY TURNOUT AS ELECTIONS GET UNDERWAY 12H00 8 MAY 2019 Tshwane (National Results Operations Centre)

Election Day got underway to a very positive start at 07H00 today as voting stations across South Africa opened and voters arrived in high numbers to cast their votes in the National and Provincial Elections.

Reports from election operations around the country showed that almost all voting stations opened on time and by 11H00 today large numbers of voters had already cast their ballots.

In scenes reminiscent of 1994, long queues of voters were seen waiting patiently to vote at voting stations throughout the country.

The Electoral Commission assures voters that adequate supplies of all materials including more than 60 million ballot papers are available and every voter will be assisted to vote.

Traditionally voting queues peak early as voters often seek to vote first thing during the day.

As always there were some challenges reported including instances where election staff failed to report on time for duty and where materials were delivered late. These had all been resolved by 09h00.

The Electoral Commission is sad to report the death of a Deputy Presiding Officer in the Eastern Cape due to illness overnight and extends its condolences to the family.

The Commission has also received reports of an elderly voter who apparently died in a voting station in Elandspoort, Tshwane early today and expresses its condolences to the family.

Further details are not yet known.

A vehicle accident involving election staff was reported in the Eastern Cape and fortunately no serious injuries were reported.

A number of challenges relating to access to voting stations due to trenches dug across access roads as part of protest actions were reported but in most cases the South African Police Services, supported by the Department of Transport and municipal services were on standby to quickly resolve these.

By 11H30 today only 17 voting stations remained unopened due to access challenges.

14 of these were in the southern coast of KwaZulu-Natal. The Electoral Commission is working closely with security agencies supported by government departments to open these stations as soon as possible and safe for voters and election staff.

Inclement weather was reported through the southern parts of the country including parts of the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and Free State where cold conditions and rain were reported. However, the weather was not bad enough to affect voting operations.

The Electoral Commission has also noted media and social media reports of voters who have attempted or apparently been able to remove the indelible ink mark on their thumbs.

The indelible ink is one of a number of security checks and safeguards built into the election process but the Commission wishes to remind all voters that any attempt to undermine the integrity of the election process – including attempting to remove the ink mark – constitutes electoral fraud and is punishable by up to 10 years in jail.

The Electoral Commission wishes to thank voters who have already responded to the call to vote and appeals to all remaining voters to make their way to a voting station before they close at 21H00 tonight.

08 May 14:45
Here are Google's Search Trends for today
08 May 14:39
People highlight their voting experience
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IEC disputes reports it has run out of ballot papers at some Gauteng voting stations

Some voters have taken to social media platforms to complain that voting stations in Modderfontein, Wendywood and Sandton in Gauteng have run out of ballot papers.

08 May 14:10
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Voted? Here's how you can get free coffee, cheaper chicken, grocery savings and free notepads today

If you vote today, you can get free coffees, discounted chicken, grocery savings and free notepads.

08 May 14:07
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WATCH: Motlanthe casts his vote, refuses to jump the queue

Former president Kgalema Motlanthe has urged South African citizens to exercise their right to vote, saying it is not like going to a dentist.

08 May 13:58
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08 May 13:57
The voting vibe in #Langa was fun. Lots of rain, pools of water, but adults are queuing while kids play on the day off of school. Some of the kids were testing out home made roller skates - casters on little planks, tied to their feet. Tweet from @itchybyte
08 May 13:49
Today, my bestfriend and I went to vote together. It took us less than half an hour to make our mark. Please, go vote, tweets @CynicalPudding
08 May 13:46

Voting for the DA is 'not a marriage' - Maimane

DA leader Mmusi Maimane has told voters that voting for the party is not a marriage.

08 May 13:44

She is ANC, he is DA - Bredasdorp's 'Romeo and Juliet' won't let loyalties get in the way of love

Tracey Arends and Robin Janse consider themselves Bredasdorp's own Romeo and Juliet. She was born and raised in a staunch ANC household, while he considers his blood to be blue.

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Elections in Mpumalanga proceed without incident, despite threats

Despite fears of possible protests and the disruptions in Mpumalanga, the sixth national and provincial elections started off peacefully in the province.

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As a principle I'm not impressed by moaners (as I prefer do-ers) but you really cannot moan about your country or province if you haven't even voted. Tweet from @MichaelJordaan
08 May 13:06
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The newly introduced section 24 form is in some areas proving to be a challenge, with reports of some people being turned away. Tweet from @ThutoSharon
08 May 13:01
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Land party premier candidate, Loyiso Nkohla, says he is happy that he has cast his vote and hopes to see a positive change after the announcement of the results. Tweet from @AsandaSokanyile
08 May 12:43
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'One-party dominance breeds corruption', not good for democracy - Holomisa casts his vote

Speaking out against one-party dominance, United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa said any support that the ANC loses would be good for the country.

08 May 12:39
08 May 12:37

If ANC wins and Ramaphosa keeps his promises, things will get better - De Klerk

Former president FW de Klerk believes things are not all doom and gloom in South Africa, and has backed President Cyril Ramaphosa to uplift the nation if the ruling party retains power.

De Klerk cast his vote in Sea Point, Cape Town, on a wet and rainy Wednesday morning.

08 May 12:34
People are concerned about poverty, unemployment, says Mbeki
08 May 12:30
Former president Thabo Mbeki urges people to go out to vote

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