Gauteng turnout lowest in 5 years despite campaigning

Gauteng elections turnout infographic
Gauteng elections turnout infographic

This article appeared first on SABC News Online and has been reprinted here with permission.

As of early morning Thursday 8 May, turnout figures for Gauteng look bleak despite the intense and controversial campaigning efforts by all parties in the last months.

This year saw the election period fought out vigorously both in traditional and digital media, particularly Twitter and YouTube.  2014 turnout is at its lowest, 74.36%, over the five previous elections.

SABC Renaissance Centre ready for polls

entrance to Renaissance Centre
The entrance to Renaissance Centre is blue with optimism for Wednesday.

This article appeared first on SABC News Online and has been reprinted here with permission.

Ahead of the general elections on Wednesday May 7 last year, Gauteng Provincial Electoral Officer Masego Sheburi spoke about the Gauteng Election Centre’s readiness.

Sheburi said, “The preparation time didn’t take more than two weeks as the floor plans were already in place.”

He quipped that the political parties would enjoy ‘good meals’ and full access to both ‘technology and Internet connectivity’.