Thursday 18 December 2014

South Africans head to the polls

Published 07/05/2014 | 10:12

A voter makes his mark on a ballot at a polling station in the township of Nyanga on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa. (AP)
A voter makes his mark on a ballot at a polling station in the township of Nyanga on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa. (AP)
Schoolgirls walk out of class in their school which will be used as an electoral polling centre, in the Soweto township of Johannesburg, South Africa (AP)

South Africans are voting in elections that are expected to see the ruling African National Congress return to power despite a vigorous challenge from opposition parties seeking to capitalise on discontent over corruption and economic inequality.

Many people had lined up before polling stations opened at 7am local time for the fifth all-race elections in South Africa since the end of white minority rule in 1994.

Some 22,000 voting stations are operating at schools, places of worship, tribal authority sites and hospitals, and several dozen vehicles serving as mobile voting stations are going to remote areas.

About 25 million South Africans, roughly half the population, have registered to vote in the parliamentary elections that will also determine the president.

Press Association

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