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Election ‘crib sheet’ trends on Google search in SA

Less than a day before the polling stations welcome millions of voters, South Africans used Google for final checks to make sure today goes smoothly. Over the past 3 days, Google has seen an increase in Search queries related to where South Africans can vote, how to check whether they are registered to vote, what time polling stations open, and even whether shops will be open. Below is a round-up of the top elections-related queries on Google search over the past 72 hours.

Top questions on elections in SA in the last 72 hours:

  1. Is election day a public holiday?
  2. Who to vote for in SA election 2019?
  3. Where can I vote on election day?
  4. How many parties in 2019 election?
  5. Who will win elections in 2019?
  6. What time do voting stations open?
  7. Will EFF win 2019 elections?
  8. When was the last election in South Africa?
  9. How to check if you are registered to vote?
  10. Will ANC win the 2019 elections?
  11. Will shops be open on election day?
  12. Will DA win 2019 elections?
  13. Can I vote anywhere?
  14. When will election results be announced?
  15. When was the first democratic election held in South Africa?

Top searched party in SA in the last 72 hours:

  1. African National Congress
  2. Economic Freedom Fighters
  3. Democratic Alliance
  4. Black First Land First
  5. African Christian Democratic Party
  6. Freedom Front Plus
  7. Good
  8. Inkatha Freedom Party
  9. Congress of the People
  10. African Transformation Movement

Top searched candidate in SA in the last 72 hours:

  1. Julius Malema
  2. Cyril Ramaphosa
  3. Mmusi Maimane
  4. Vuyo Zungula
  5. Mangosuthu Buthelezi
  6. Hlaudi Motsoeneng
  7. Patricia De Lille
  8. Andile Mngxitama
  9. Bantu Holomisa
  10. Mosiuoa Lekota

Provincial election search leaderboard in the last 72 hours:

  1. Gauteng
  2. Free State
  3. Northern Cape
  4. North West
  5. Western Cape
  6. Limpopo
  7. Mpumalanga
  8. Eastern Cape
  9. KwaZulu-Natal

Top cities searching for elections in SA in the last 72 hours:

  1. Sandton
  2. Randburg
  3. Centurion
  4. Stellenbosch
  5. Edenvale
  6. Durban North       
  7. Midrand
  8. Polokwane  
  9. Umhlanga
  10. Kempton Park  

Search trends information is gleaned from data collated by Google based on what South Africans have been searching for and asking Google. Google processes more than 40 000 search queries every second. This translates to more than a billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide. Live Google search trends data is available at

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