Everything about the elections


Here are a few interesting and important facts about the upcoming local elections:

More than 23 million registered voters will have the opportunity on Wednesday to elect their municipal councillors in South Africa's fourth democratic municipal elections.

Voting will take place at 20 868 voting stations throughout the country.

Unlike in the previous national election in 2009, people can only vote at the station where they registered.

An average of 1 200 voters is registered at each voting station. In densely populated urban areas however as many as 8 500 people are registered at a single station.

A total of 121 political parties and a record number of 748 independent candidates will take part in this election.

Voting will start at 07:00 and booths will close at 19:00.

Ballots will be counted at the voting stations. The results will then be communicated to the Independent Electoral Commission's centre in Pretoria.

The first results in the elections are expected before midnight on Wednesday evening. Final results should be out by not later than Friday morning.

Every ballot paper should have a stamp of the IEC on it.

SMS your ID Number to 32810 to check if you are registered and where you should vote.

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(Source: Sapa)

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