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Who to vote for?

21 April 2009

Are you wondering who to vote for in South Africa’s fourth democratic election tomorrow?

Hat-tip to Cobus for a link to the Mail & Guardian Poll Predictor, which asks you a series of questions based on the policies of the various parties, and then based on your answers suggests the parties you should consider voting for.

In my case it suggested that I should vote for Congress of the People Party (COPE) or the Independent Democrats (ID).

That’s interesting as a confirmation of my gut instinct, as I was planning to vote for both of them anyway — the ID at the national level and COPE at the provincial level.

The useful thing about such things is that though they are not perfect, they are useful for seeing which party’s policies (and empty promises!) come closest to your way of thinking. Gone are the days when every party could afford to put a manifesto on the letter box of every voter, so this is probably the next best thing.

So if you’re really not sure, give it a whirl  — and even if you are sure, see if it confirms your prejudices!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. 22 April 2009 7:19 am

    Cool link thanks! I reckon the strength of SA’s blogging community and the tracking of events by local bloggers and “citizen journalists” is going to be a feature of this election

  2. 22 April 2009 8:20 am


    Trouble is, bloggers largely represent the middle-class. See Notes from underground: Politics: the middle-class vote, and see how those figures from online voters compare with the final ones. I think some parties with a low proportion of votes there will end up with a much higher proportin in the final result.

  3. 29 April 2009 5:49 pm

    I had the exact same result – ID and COPE equally. Unfortunately I received my South African ID book (after recently becoming an SA citizen) just too late to register. Interesting test…


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