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In Pictures: South Africa's freedom day
Polling booth, South Africa
Free and fair

International observers declare the poll to be largely free and fair, despite difficulties in some areas and the last-minute extension of the polling period.

Anti-apartheid campaigner and South African liberal politician Helen Suzman tells the BBC: "Obviously one would have prefered to have had an election without any glitches, but I think it's been almost impossible not to anticipate that there would be problems just from the enormous task of actually setting up the polling stations. It's been an awesome task."

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