IN PICTURES: Election 2019

Election posters ahead of the 2019 polls

Election campaign billboards are attached to light poles on the sides of the highway in Kenilworth, Cape Town, on May 1, 2019. 

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JOHANNESBURG - Election 2019 kicked off officially on Monday 6 May, with special votes taking place. 

The majority of the country's registered voters went to the polls on Wednesday 8 May. 

The photos in this article, tell the story of Election 2019. 

DA celebrates after winning the Western Cape in 2019 election

ANC’s Ebrahim Rasool congratulates DA’s Alan Winde and Bonginkosi Madikizela during the announcement of the of the 2019 election results for Western Cape at Century City conference centre on May 10, 2019. 

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ANC election posters fade after the 2019 polls

An African National Congress election poster is seen in Hillcrest near Durban, South Africa, May 9, 2019. 

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IEC officials working at the results centre in Pretoria.

IEC officials working at the results centre in Pretoria.

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eNCA Studios at the ROC for Election 2019

eNCA Studios at the ROC for Election 2019

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DA leader Mmusi Maimane visits the ROC on 9 May 2019

 DA leader Mmusi Maimane visits the ROC on 9 May 2019 

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Chester Missing at the National ROC on 9 May 2019

Chester Missing interviews a politician at the IEC's National Results Centre on 9 May 2019.

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Mabe and Mantashe at the National ROC - 9 May 2019

ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe and ANC National Chairman Gwede Mantashe at the IEC National ROC on 9 May 2019.

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DAs James Selfe at the IEC National Roc - 9 May 2019

The DA's James Selfe prepares to do an interview with a journalist at the IEC's National ROC - 9 May 2019.

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The results board at the IEC results operation centre in Pretoria.

Political parties, journalists and IEC officials, glued to the results board at the IEC Results Operation Centre (ROC) in Pretoria.

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An Independent Electoral Officer (IEC) opens a ballot box as counting begins at the Addington Primary School after voting ended at the sixth national general elections.

An Independent Electoral Officer (IEC) opens a ballot box as counting begins at the Addington Primary School after voting ended at the sixth national general elections.
 

Elderly disabled voter is helped to her voting booth

An elderly physically challenged voter is carried by relatives to cast her to vote as part of the sixth general elections at the Wiggins Community hall in Cato Manor in Durban, on May 8, 2019.
 

AFP / Rajesh Jantilal
Soweto resident Mavis Nkosi at a voting station in Chiawelo Soweto

Soweto resident Mavis Nkosi (68), who has lived in Chiawelo, Soweto, her whole life, voted in Election 2019.

eNCA / Dudu Mathebula
Former president Jacob Zuma casts his ballot in Election 2019

Former South African President Jacob Zuma casts his ballot at a polling station, in the country's parliamentary and provincial elections, in Nkandla, South Africa, May 8, 2019. 

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Ramaphosa surrounded by media at his voting station in Soweto

ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa is surrounded by members of the media as he arrives at a voting station in Chiawelo, Soweto, to vote in Election 2019.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa checks that his name is on the voters roll - Election 2019

President Cyril Ramaphosa checks that his name is on the voters roll in Chiawelo, Soweto on 8 May - Election 2019

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Former president FW de Klerk prepares to vote in Election 2019

Former president FW de Klerk prepares to vote in Election 2019

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Former President Jacob Zuma and his wife MaKhumalo wait to vote in Election 2019

Former President Jacob Zuma and his wife MaKhumalo wait to vote in Election 2019.

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File: EFF leader Julius Malema casts his ballot for the country's parliamentary and provincial elections.

File: EFF leader Julius Malema casts his ballot for the country's parliamentary and provincial elections.

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Blind voter is assisted with casting her ballot - Election 2019

An Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) offical assits a blind voter to cast her ballot at a polling station, during the South Africa's parliamentary and provincial elections, in Nkandla, South Africa, May 8, 2019.

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Barberton prisoners queue to vote in Election 2019

Barberton prisoners queue to vote in Election 2019

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Voters look in polling station election 2019

Voters look inside a polling station as they queue to vote during the legislative and presidential elections in Sheshego township, on the outskirts of Polokwane, on May 8, 2019.

AFP / Guillem Sartorio
Rubber bullets fly in Holpan on election day 2019

Rubber bullets fly in Holpan, outside Kimberly, as residents clash with police. Voting stopped in the town, early on 8 May 2019.

eNCA / Stefan Goosen
Voter gets her thumb marked in Election 2019

A voter gets her thumb marked before she casts her vote during the sixth general election at the Cottanlands Primary school 45 kilometres north of Durban, on May 8, 2019. 

AFP / Rajesh Jantilal
Some residents of Dithakong West have resolved not to vote today.

Some residents of Dithakong West in the North West Province have resolved not to vote in the 2019 Election.

eNCA / Slindelo Masikane
Woman marks ballot paper in election 2019

A woman marks her ballot at a polling station on May 8, 2019 in Johannesburg during the legislative and presidential elections. 

AFP / Gianluigi Guercia
A voting station ready for voters in Vuwani, Limpopo

A voting station ready for voters in Vuwani, Limpopo - 8 May 2019.

eNCA / Zikhona Tshona
Good leader Patricia de Lille - Election 2019

Good leader Patricia de Lille reacts at her voting station in Pinelands, Cape Town, on election day, 8 May 2019.

eNCA / Leigh-Anne Jansen
Mmusi Maimane casts his vote in 2019 Election

Democratic Alliance Leader Mmusi Maimane reacts after casting his vote in the 2019 Election on 8 May. 

eNCA / Dudu Mathebula
UDM leader Bantu Holomisa at a polling station for Election 2019

UDM leader Bantu Holomisa speaks to an election official at a polling station in Pretoria on voting day, 8 May 2019. 

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Alexandra voters queue to vote in 2019 Election

Voters queue to cast their ballots in South Africa's parliamentary and provincial elections, in Alexandra, Johannesburg on May 8, 2019. 

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The Gogos from the Mkabadeli Football Club

The Gogos from the Mkabadeli Football Club from the Durban township KwaMashu train on an open field on May 7, 2019 while the Democratic Alliance (DA) holds a gathering ahead of May 8 General Elections. 
 

AFP / Marco Longari
A police officer points to the voting station

A police officer points to the voting station in Kensington, Cape Town, on 7 May 2019. 

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A voter getting her thumb inked after voting

File: South Africans head to the polls on 8 May 2019.

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Elderly Vuwani residents attend a mass meeting ahead of 2019 election

Elderly Vuwani residents attend a mass meeting the day before the 2019 election.

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Vuwani residents hold a mass meeting ahead of the 2019 election

Vuwani residents hold a mass meeting ahead of the 2019 election

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Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu casts his special vote at his home in Milnerton, Cape Town.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu casts his special vote at his home in Milnerton, Cape Town.

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Cyril Ramaphosa during the ANC's final election rally

South African ruling party African National Congress President and South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa waves at thousands of supporters after delivering his speech at the Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg, on May 5, 2019 for the final campaign rally of the party ahead of May 8th legislative and presidential elections. 

AFP / Gianluigi Guercia
Mmusi Maimane greets supporters at the DA's final rally

South African main opposition party Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane (C) gestures during the final presidential election campaign rally of the DA at the Dobsonville Stadium, in Soweto, Johannesburg, on May 4, 2019, ahead of May 8th legislative and presidential elections. 
 

AFP / Gianluigi Guercia
Julius Malema at the EFF's final election rally 2019

File: The Economic Freedom Fighters rejected the announced cabinet on Wednesday evening.

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