Voting closes in South African national elections

An Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) official assists a blind voter to cast her ballot at a polling station. (Reuters)

Polling stations in South Africa closed on Wednesday following voting in nationwide elections, AFP correspondents saw, as officials began the complex process of ballot counting and tallying.

Some 26.8 million voters were registered to cast ballots at 22,925 polling stations, which will permit all those still queueing when polling stations officially closed at 1900 GMT to cast ballots.

The ruling ANC is tipped to win but with a reduced majority and the result will reveal whether its new leader, President Cyril Ramaphosa, can reverse growing resentment among South African voters.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:53 - GMT 06:53