Five things to do while waiting in line to vote
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Five things to do while waiting in line to vote

Don't let the long queues on election day drive you crazy. 

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Millions of South Africans will be heading to the polls on Wednesday to cast their vote in the country's general election.

While some polling stations will be relatively quiet - depending on what time of day you go - stations in big districts could have what seems like never-ending lines. 

If you are stuck in a long queue on election day, you can do some of these five things to help pass the time.

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Catch up on your favourite shows

If you are one of those people who hates making small talk with the person next to you, now is the perfect time to catch up on some of your favourite shows. Depending on the length of the queue, it could take over an hour for you to get to the front. That’s enough time to re-watch episode four of ‘Game of Thrones’ or two episodes of ‘You Me Her’. Streaming services like Netflix and Showmax allow you to download some shows to watch later, which means you won’t even need data.

Follow the latest election news

There will be lots of important election-related news being shared online throughout the day. Stay up-to-date with the latest news by following your favourite news sources, including East Coast Radio Newswatch. You can also follow @ECR_Newswatch on Twitter for election updates.

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Do some light, line appropriate exercises

Instead of impatiently switching your body weight from one leg to the other while waiting in line, why not do some exercise? You can do calf raises, ankle rolls, and jumping jacks while waiting for your turn.

Update your social media followers about your election day

Have some fun by taking pictures of yourself and your surroundings. Then post them on your social media pages to inform others about the election process. It could help encourage other registered voters to get out of bed and head to their polling station.

Read party manifestos

If you’re still unsure about who to vote for, you can visit some of the registered parties’ websites and read their manifestos. The manifesto will contain party policies and other important information about what the party stands for. 

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