WATCH: Residents head to the polls in Stellenbosch

SOUTH AFRICA - Cape Town - 6 May 2019 - Special voting took place at Jubilee Old Age home in Goodwood. The IEC (Independent Electoral Commission) setup a desk and cubicle where residents can cast their votes in this general elections of South Africa. Picture: Courtney Africa/African News Agency(ANA)

People voting at the Stellenbosch Town Hall in the Western Cape. The 6th democratic national and provincial elections are taking place today in South Africa.  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, South Africa’s voters’ roll contains 26 756 898 voters, of whom 55 percent are women and 45 percent are men. Video: Henk Kruger/African News Agency (ANA)