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28 Apr 2019 | 09:45 AM UTC

South Africa: General elections set for May 8

South Africa News Alert

National and provincial elections will be held on May 8; increase in political rallies expected nationwide in the coming weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 4/21/2019, 12:00 AM until 5/8/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Johannesburg). COUNTRY/REGION South Africa

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General elections will be held throughout South Africa on Wednesday, May 8. According to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) 27 million people in the country are registered to vote. The main contenders are the ruling African National Congress (ANC), the opposition Democratic Alliance, and the Economic Freedom Fighters. Associated political demonstrations and protests are expected in the coming weeks, particularly in major urban areas. Previous elections have also experienced political killings and other violence, and similar incidents are anticipated during the campaign period.


Individuals in South Africa are advised to monitor the situation, avoid any political gatherings as a precaution, anticipate localized disruptions on May 8, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.


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