May 27, 2024

Early voting underway in South Africa

Early voting underway in South Africa

An Africa National Congress (ANC) supporter looks at a roll call for a campaign meeting in Philipstown, on May 22, 2024. – South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) is losing ground, according to a poll released on May 24, 2024, less than a week before the tightest election since the advent of democracy in 1994. The ANC, which has been in power for all of those past three decades, is still projected to emerge from the May 29 general election as the biggest party. (Photo by MARCO LONGARI / AFP)

Early voting began in South Africa’s general election Monday, as those who must work on polling day or who have special needs were given a chance to cast their ballots.

Around 1.6 million out of the 27.6 million-strong electorate were allowed to go early, according to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

Election agents will visit 624,000 people with mobility issues at home, while essential workers will attend polling stations two days earlier than the general populace.

On Wednesday, the rest of the country will be called to vote in South Africa’s sixth general election, three decades after the advent of democracy in 1994.

The vote could prove a historic turning point if, as opinion polls predict, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) loses its absolute parliamentary majority for the first time.