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:
- Is election day a public holiday?
- Who to vote for in SA election 2019?
- How many parties in 2019 election?
- Who will win elections in 2019?
- What time do voting stations open?
- Will EFF win 2019 elections?
- When was the last election in South Africa?
- How to check if you are registered to vote?
- Will ANC win the 2019 elections?
- Will DA win 2019 elections?
- When was the first democratic election held in South Africa?
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.
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.
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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