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South Africa elections 2024: Can ANC overcome challenge from Zuma, DA, EFF and others? - BBC News South Africa elections 2024: Can ANC overcome challenge from Zuma, DA, EFF and others? - BBC News
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Bruno Garcez David Nkya
BBC News, Alexandra in Johannesburg BBC News, Soweto
Seventy-five-year-old Seipati Julia Ntseie dressed up in an elegant green dress two days ago to vote at home. President Cyril Ramaphosa has cast his vote at Chiawelo station in Soweto, accompanied by his wife Tshepo Motsepe.
She lives in Alexandra township in Johannesburg and like other such neighbourhoods of cities where many people were forced to live during the apartheid era voting can be challenging for an elderly person or someone with a disability. He says he is confident that the IEC will run a good election because they are world class and well organised.
This because in those areas, many polling stations are not within walking distance or readily accessible via public transport. "This is a great day for democracy in South Africa. Today we vote for the stability and the extension of our democracy," he added.
So the Independent Election Commission (IEC) sends officials to their residences carrying ballots and ballot boxes. This happened on Monday. He is hopeful of getting a fresh mandate to continue leading the country.
"I am happy that the IEC still remembers us and visits us at home," Nteseie told the BBC.
Electoral officials also paid visits to some of her neighbours, who also needed help casting their votes.
A total of 295,731 South Africans registered to vote at home or other places of residence, such as hospitals, retirement centres or health care facilities because of their age or an infirmity.
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