South Africa holds national and provincial elections

South Africans headed to the polls Wednesday to cast their votes in the first general elections since former South African President Nelson Mandela died. 25 million registers voters were expected to participate.
By JC Finley  |  May 7, 2014 at 2:23 PM
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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, May 7 (UPI) -- South Africa held its national and provincial elections on Wednesday, its first such elections since the death of anti-apartheid legend and former South African President Nelson Mandela.

Polls opened at 7 a.m. local time at more than 22,000 election centers across the country. With 25 million South Africans expected to cast their votes Wednesday, polls are scheduled to close at 9 p.m.

Mandela -- and current President Jacob Zuma's -- African National Congress party is expected to remain in power, although analysts suspect a drop in voter confidence may result in the loss of some parliamentary seats.

South African political commentator Justice Malala wrote in CNN opinion piece, "Many are hoping that the ANC will get a scare in these elections and begin to reflect on some of its failures."

ANC leader Zuma has also been plagued by scandal, including allegations that he "unduly benefited" from the $23 million renovations to his private homestead.

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