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This is the largest - and smallest - polling station in the 2019 South African elections

James de Villiers , Business Insider SA
 May 07, 2019, 05:57 PM
(Facebook, Electoral Commission of South Africa)
(Facebook, Electoral Commission of South Africa)
  • 26.7 million South Africans registered to vote in the 2019 elections.
  • The country’s largest polling station is located in the Johannesburg CBD where over 8,000 people are registered to vote. 
  • The smallest polling station is located in the rural Eastern Cape where less than 100 people are registered. 
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Roughly 26.7 million registered South African voters will cast their ballots in the country’s sixth democratic elections. 

The elections are set to be the most contested in South Africa’s democratic history, with a record-breaking 48 political parties contesting. 

Also read: The 3 security features introduced to make this year's ballots the most secure ever

The Independent Elections Commission (IEC) said close to 60 million ballot papers were printed for the country’s 22 924 voting stations which will be open from 07:00 to 21:00. 

IEC spokesperson Kate Bapela told Business Insider South Africa that the largest polling station is the Greenhouse People Environmental Centre in the Johannesburg City Centre. 

It is located in one of the most densely populated areas of South Africa. 

The location of the Greenhouse People Environmenta
The location of the Greenhouse People Environmental Centre in the Johannesburg City Centre.
The entrance to the Greenhouse People Environmenta
The entrance to the Greenhouse People Environmental Centre.

Bapela said the smallest polling station is Macheleni Hall in the rural Eastern Cape. 

Also read: These are the main economic policies for every one of the 48 parties that will appear on your national ballot on Wednesday

She said a whopping 8,839 voters are registered to vote from Greenhouse People Environmental Centre while less than a hundred people are registered to vote at Macheleni Hall. 

The location of Macheleni Hall in the Eastern Cape
The location of Macheleni Hall in the Eastern Cape.

During the 2019 general elections, a voter can, however, vote from any polling station. 

If you vote outside the province you're registered in, you will only be able to vote in the national elections, and not provincially.

Based on past expierence, Bapela said it shouldn't take longer than 15 minutes to vote at a polling station, but some voters might have to travel a considerable distance to a polling station, especially if they live in rural areas. 

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