PROFILE | Electoral analyst Dawie Scholtz: 'The most uncertain elections since democracy'

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Independent electoral analyst Dawie Scholtz says there are "opportunities for surprises" in South Africa's upcoming municipal elections. Scholtz speaks to James de Villiers about why these elections are so unpredictable, where his love for polling comes from, and why he sees the elections as foundational for South Africa's democracy. 

South African electoral analyst Dawie Scholtz, 32, who has been analysing elections for News24 since 2016, says the upcoming municipal elections may be the "most uncertain since the dawn of democracy". 

"There are simply a lot of things that we don't know for sure, that may make for super-interesting outcomes," says Scholtz, who will again be analysing the elections for News24 this year. 

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