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#LGE2016: Turnout key to understanding how people voted

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IEC. (Elmarie Jack, News24)
IEC. (Elmarie Jack, News24)

Ralph Mathekga

The 2016 local government elections have had a “slight increase” in terms of the voter turnout at 58%, according to the IEC. Compared to previous local government elections held in 2011, there has been a one percent increase of the turnout. This is not a significant shift at all; it’s quite steady. Yet the turnout is going to be very critical in understanding how people voted across the country.

While the turnout remains largely the same compared to previous local government elections, the distribution of the turnout across various voting districts might be something that has not been seen before.

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