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South Africa will hold its 6th democratic national and provincial elections on May 8.

A record 48 political parties will contest this year's elections, 19 more parties on the ballot paper compared to the last general elections in 2014.

According to IEC chief electoral officer Sy Mamabolo, South Africa's voters' roll contains 26 756 898 voters, of whom 55 percent are women and 45 percent are men.

Young voters under the age of 29 constitute 20 percent of the total voters roll.

Voters will cast their votes at 22 924 voting stations across the country.

Do you think free and fair elections are possible in South Africa?  Take today's poll.

Previous poll results:

Question: Would you listen to the views of a party you don't support?

Result: 57.7% of readers said they would listen to the views of a party they do not support, while 28.8% of readers are not interested in hearing from a party they are not supporting. 13.5% of readers who took our poll said they would not be voting in the upcoming elections.

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