Update: EFF remains a hot topic on Election Day, Google reveals

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Update, 5pm: South Africans have gone from wondering where their voting stations are, to the results of the 2019 Elections. They’re jumping the gun though, as counting only begins after the polls close at 9pm.

The EFF remains the most searched for party on Election Day, with over 10 000 instances of the query noted by Google.

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Update, 1pm: As of 1pm on 8 May, Mmusi Maimane continues to rank in the top five search queries on Google, but the EFF now features. “Voting” is also a new but pretty vague entrant to the chart.

In total, these queries have seen more than 200 000 instances as of 1pm, Google notes.

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Original article: South Africans are still taking to Google with last minute questions about the 2019 Elections, but interestingly, the top queries on Election Day don’t include any mention of the ANC or EFF. It’s unlike what we’ve seen from previous Google reports.

While “South Africa elections 2019” is unsurprisingly the top searched term (with more than 100 000 instances), people are also searching for their voting station, and whether you explicitly have to vote where you’re registered (you don’t).

The fourth and fifth most searched terms piqued our interest though.

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DA leader Mmusi Maimane was the most searched politician on 8 May, with the ACDP the most searched party. This is across South Africa on Election Day, mind.

Voting kicked off at 7am this morning and will continue through until 9pm tonight, so expect this list to move and shake quite a bit today.

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