Election results, by tradition, come on Saturday evening.But with the opposition Democratic Alliance already calling for a full audit of the vote – citing several instances of alleged cheating and voters casting more than one ballot – that could now be delayed.The burning question, however, is what happened to young voters.Fewer than a third of 18 and 19-year-olds actually registered for what should have been their first election.Understandably, the vote is precious thing in South Africa: hard won after years of painful and often bloody struggle.Ninety percent of South Africans older than 40 are registered voters.Record voter registrationWhich gives rise to the second question: how many actually cast their ballots on Wednesday.The turnout for the first democratic election in 1994 exceeded 80 percent. Five years ago, it was 73 percent. A record number of nearly 27 million voters registered for this election. Official figures were yet to be released. Mmusi Maimane, surrounded by supporters, at a Democratic Alliance rally in Soweto, Johannesburg, 4 May 2019. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo The reasons for those who stayed away can be attributed to a pair of features peculiar to South African politics.The first is a growing belief that vigorous and frequently violent protests are more effective than… Read full this story
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