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General election: Early voting starts in South Africa

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Those who must work on polling day or who have special needs were given a chance to cast their ballots in South Africa’s general election.

The Independent Electoral Commission, IEC revealed that about 1.6 million, out of the 27.6 million-strong electorate, were allowed to take part in the early voting on Monday.

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.

The rest of the country will on Wednesday be called to vote in South Africa’s sixth general election, 30 years after the coming 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.

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