Thu. Jul 18th, 2019

2019 Elections: The Google guide to surviving voting day

2019 elections overseas voters voteWhile Google’s search engine can’t tell South Africans who to vote for in the 2019 elections, it can help you out in other ways.

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South Africans will be heading to the polls in a few hours for the 2019 elections. The right to vote is a part of a citizen’s rights in a democracy, but many are struggling with last-minute decisions. Enter Google.

Voting seems easy enough, but many South Africans will tell you it’s a little more challenging than that. Heck, just figuring out who to vote for is a mission already.

Over the past few weeks, South Africans have taken to Google with all their vital questions: when is election day, who to vote for, who will win, and so forth.

Some of the trending questions this week include:

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Voters at a voting station in a primary school during elections. Photo: Gallo Images / Photo by Dino Lloyd

Also read – In photos: South Africa’s most unforgettable election moments

While Google can’t predict the future – and thus can’t tell you will get the majority vote – it can help you to make informed decisions before you drop your vote into the ballot box.

Use Google to learn more about each election manifestos, and use YouTube to see videos of the various leaders in action. Party leaders took to the streets in grand fashion over the past few weeks, trying to sway voters to their favour.

For live updates on the day, YouTube will also have dedicated elections content from national broadcasters. And there is the live feed on the Google App, which will show you news results based on your preferences.

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South Africans casting their vote at Kingsley Hostels in Mamelodi during 2016 Local Government Elections. 03 August 2016 Kopano Tlape GCIS

In addition, Google Maps will provide live traffic data, as there is bound to be some congestion along the main routes. And if you’re picking up a friend after for a braai, Google can help you find them.

Election search trends

South Africans take their vote seriously, and search trends data shows high volumes of searches across the country’s larger parties as well as their leadership over the past six weeks.

For example, the African National Congress, the Economic Freedom Fighters and the Democratic Alliance were the three top searches for political parties during the past 72 hours.

Drilling deeper down into Google’s search trends shows that Julius Malema was the top searched candidate this week, followed by Cyril Ramaphosa and Mmusi Maimane.

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South African President Nelson Mandela ticks of the ballot papar as he is to cast his vote 02 June 1999 at the polling station in the Houghton suburb of Johannesburg in South Africas second fully democratic elections.(ELECTRONIC IMAGE) (Photo by ODD ANDERSEN / AFP)

Bookmark The South African’s Election Portal to stay up to date with the latest 2019 election news. It’s going to a heck of day tomorrow, folks. You could probably do with a free cup of coffee, or a discounted boerewors roll afterwards.

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