Popular vote: President Cyril Ramaphosa casts his vote in the country’s sixth democratic elections since 1994, at the Hitekani Primary School voting station in Chiawelo, Soweto, May 8 2019. Picture: AFP
Popular vote: President Cyril Ramaphosa casts his vote in the country’s sixth democratic elections since 1994, at the Hitekani Primary School voting station in Chiawelo, Soweto, May 8 2019. Picture: AFP

South Africans turned out in significant numbers, although a lower turnout was expected than in the past, in an election which was dogged by logistical difficulties and weaknesses in Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) planning.

The commission on Wednesday admitted that there had been some "setbacks", though it said those would not compromise the credibility of the sixth general election of the democratic era, which has been billed as the most competitive yet.

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Political leaders' views on SA's 2019 electsion.