More female than male voters and other election trivia

07 May 2019 - 14:12 By Suthentira Govender
This year's national general election takes place on May 8 with the theme X-se. The Independent Electoral Commission which oversees the polling process says 55% of voters are female and 45% male.
This year's national general election takes place on May 8 with the theme X-se. The Independent Electoral Commission which oversees the polling process says 55% of voters are female and 45% male.
Image: Suthentira Govender

South Africans are set to make their mark on Wednesday when they go to the polls.

The Electoral Commission says while its work may appear to culminate in a single election day, preparations begin several years before the date is formally proclaimed by the president.

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Here is the 2019 general election by numbers:

55% - female voters

45% - male voters

200,000  -  the number of temporary election officials recruited and trained to work over the election period

64 million - the total number of ballot papers printed for the 2019 elections

14,936 - the number of candidates standing for election

22,924 - the number of voting districts and voting stations

26,756,649 - the number of registered voters

48 - the number of parties contesting the national election

78 - the number of parties contesting the national and provincial elections

29,347 - the number of South African citizens who successfully applied to vote abroad in these elections

636,108 - the number of South Africans who successfully applied to cast special votes in SA

400 - the number of seats being contested in the National Assembly

430 - the total number of seats being contested in the provincial legislatures

Source: IEC


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