Elections 2019: Peace a concern for South Africans ahead of the upcoming general elections

“Will South Africa go into the elections peacefully?” has made it into the top 10 questions South Africans asked the Google Search engine this week, alongside other questions around the type of electoral system the country has, how many ballot papers there are for the election, and how many people have registered to vote. Below is a compilation of the top election-related search queries generated by South Africans last week.

Top 10 questions on elections in SA lastweek

  1. When is Election Day 2019 South Africa?

  2. Is Election Day a public holiday?

  3. Who will win the 2019 elections?

  4. How many parties registered for 2019 elections?

  5. Will ANC win 2019 elections?

  6. How many ballot papers for the general election?

  7. What is a by-election?

  8. Will South Africa go into elections peacefully?

  9. What type of electoral system does South Africa currently use?

  10. How many registered voters in South Africa?

 

Top searched parties in SA in the last week

  1. African National Congress

  2. Economic Freedom Fighters

  3. Black First Land First

  4. Democratic Alliance

  5. Freedom Front Plus

  6. African Christian Democratic Party

  7. Inkatha Freedom Party

  8. Good

  9. African Transformation Movement

  10. Congress of the People

 

Top searched candidates in SA in the last week

  1. Julius Malema

  2. Cyril Ramaphosa

  3. Mmusi Maimane

  4. Hlaudi Motsoeneng

  5. Mangosuthu Buthelezi

  6. Andile Mngxitama

  7. Bantu Holomisa

  8. Patricia De Lille

  9. Vuyo Zungula

  10. Mosiuoa Lekota

 

Top cities searching for elections in SA

  1. Keurboomstrand

  2. Mmabatho

  3. Knysna

  4. Sandton

  5. Hermanus

  6. Mahikeng

  7. Mossel Bay

  8. George

  9. Kimberley

  10. Grahamstown

 

Top provinces searching for elections this week

  1. Western Cape

  2. Gauteng

  3. Northern Cape

  4. Free State

  5. Eastern Cape

  6. Limpopo

  7. KwaZulu-Natal

  8. North West

  9. Mpumalanga

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 https://www.google.co.za/trends/hottrends#pn=p40

Source: Capricorn Review