PRELIMINARY results from the IEC show a shocking decline in voter turnout in the Nelson Mandela Bay region from 80% in 2009 to 54.8% in the country’s fifth general election.
By midnight, the IEC reported that only 324628 out of 592137 registered voters in the Bay participated in this year’s national and provincial election. The ANC won the national vote in the metro in 2009 by 50.14%. A total of 460123 Bay voters out of 566668 registered voters participated in those elections.
This low turnout is in stark contrast to urban areas in the rest of the country where an 80% turnout was recorded.
While final figures of total turnout in the Eastern Cape and nationally were not yet available, early reports from the IEC indicate a low voter turnout in the Eastern Cape and Limpopo.
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