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Record number of South Africans register to vote

Published on Feb 11, 2014 9:16 PM

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - A record 25.3 million South Africans have registered to vote for the May general election, organisers said on Tuesday, casting doubt on predictions of low turnout.

The Independent Electoral Commission said a final drive over the weekend saw more than one million people sign up to vote, pushing registration well above the 22 million mark seen in 2009.

The May 7 election - South Africa's fifth since apartheid ended in 1994 - will be the first in which "born free" citizens can cast their ballot.

They could make up as much as one fifth of the electorate.

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