What You Need to Know About the South African Elections

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  • Economic Freedom Fighters
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  • To Vote or Not to Vote
  • Voting Stations
  • Generation “Born Free”
  • South Africans Abroad
  • A National Holiday
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  • Security Hot Spots
  • We Want Peace
  • The Results
  • Election Day 2014
  • ANC: The Ruling Party
  • The Incumbent President
  • Democratic Alliance

To Vote or Not to Vote

A number of politically disenchanted South Africans, such as Ronnie Kasrils, a former intelligence minister and onetime ruling party stalwart, have been urging people to vote against the ANC or spoil their ballots, AP reported. The ANC countered by reminding voters that "the right to vote is a coveted prize that was earned under difficult and painful circumstances." 

(Photo: AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

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