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IEC: 65.5% voter turnout for 2019 elections

That is considerably lower than the national elections in 2014 when more than 73% of registered voters turned out to make their mark.

A small queue of voters standing outside the Hector Peterson Library in Lwandle waiting to vote on 8 May 2019. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Electoral Commission has confirmed national voter turnout was just over 65.5%.

That is considerably lower than the national elections in 2014 when more than 73% of registered voters turned out to make their mark.

On a provincial level, the electoral commission said that the highest voter turnout was in Gauteng with close to 72% and the lowest turnout was in Limpopo with 58%.

This year, close to 10 million South Africans did not vote because they were not registered.

There were more than 26 million registered voters this year, with 55% being women and 45% men.

That represents 74.6% of the total voting age population.

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