Day 1 for South Africa’s Presidential Election

After what appeared to be a jittery start for the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC), things have turned out pretty smoothly on the first day of the elections 2019 special vote process. Over 770 000 South Africans were expected to cast their special vote between 6 and 7 May, a privilege that was approved by the electoral body in consideration of those who would not be able to cast their ballot on election day. Hundreds of IEC officials manned the fort at designated voting centres across the country, while others visited the homes of those who, due to health reasons, could not travel to a voting station. Archbishop Desmond Tutu was also part of the process. Scores of media personnel and party agents crowded outside his residence as IEC officials processed his vote.


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