• Peace a concern for South Africans ahead of the upcoming general elections

    Date:12 April 2019 Author: Brendon Petersen Tags:, ,

    As the 2019 general election draws closer, South Africans are starting to ask some very specific questions around the elections, with some indicating concern.

    “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 elections-related search queries generated by South Africans this week.

    Top 10 questions on elections in SA this week

    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 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 party in SA in the last week

    Top searched candidate 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

    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

    Provincial election search leaderboard this week

    1. Keurboomstrand

    2. Mmabatho

    3. Knysna

    4. Sandton

    5. Hermanus

    6. Mahikeng

    7. Mossel Bay

    8. George

    9. Kimberley

    10. Grahamstown

    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

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