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Event Category: Elections

  • Unpacking the South African Non-voter

    Unpacking the South African Non-voter

    8 December 2020

    This webinar launches an in-depth research paper by Dr Collette Schulz-Herzenberg that delves into this crucial topic.​​​​​​​ On 8 May 2019, South Africans voted in their sixth democratic national and provincial elections. A record 26.7 million eligible South Africans registered to vote in the election. The registered population represented 74.6% of the total voting age population, of over 35.8 million. Over 17.6 million voters participated on election day, yet electoral participation decreased quite dramatically, accelerating the steady decline in voter turnout across South Africa’s previous democratic elections. Voter turnout is regarded as a crucial indicator of the vitality and health of a democracy. High...

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