The people have spoken

Voters queue at the polling station at Cheshire Homes in Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth. Picture: Eugene Coetzee
Voters queue at the polling station at Cheshire Homes in Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth. Picture: Eugene Coetzee

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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2 thoughts on “The people have spoken

  • May 8, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    There are those who don’t like it, but
    fortunately they are are in a very small minority,
    although the final result is not yet in,
    it is clear that the ANC with Jacob Zuma at the helm,
    has won the 2014 Azania – South African election.
    What is also clear is that the continuing rise of the DA and
    the meteoric rise of Julius Malema’s EFF will cause
    the re-incumbent ANC to actually do more for the dispossessed mass of the South African people for it is they who through the barrage of bad publicity and propaganda have turned out voted and given ANC another chance to continue the great work which they are engaged in.
    Doubtless the detractors will now go into overdrive to reverse this in 5 years time, but
    ANC has the same time frame to make good it’s pledges,
    we should all wish them well

  • May 8, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    If the voting stations was opened in time like it was supposed to and the ballet papers there like it was supposed to then this would not be the case. IEC did a crap job with equiping and arranging times for setup of the voting stations.


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