W Cape 63% poll higher than national 58.11% average

Dr Zwelethu Jolobe Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Studies at the UCT confirmed that the voter turnout stands at 58.11% of the registered voters nationally. Jolobe says this is a low number compared to 2011 elections.

Generally people's interest in local government elections is lower than when the country is having general elections.

Western Cape however, registered a high voter turnout of 63%, and that is attributed to the role of opposition parties which have generated interest in politics.

Jolobe also says that if people believe that their votes will make a difference, there will often be a higher turn out at the polls.

This will always affect how people see politics, it will affect how the parties mobilise and also affect how people vote. This is the first time that we've seen a general interest in politics which is why we are having such a high turnout.

Dr Zwelethu Jolobe Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Studies at the UCT

The most important thing here is not the percentage of the votes but how many seats parties win

Dr Zwelethu Jolobe Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Studies at the UCT

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