Freedom Day (South Africa)

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Nelson Mandela voting in 1994

Freedom Day is a South African public holiday celebrated on 27 April. It celebrates freedom and commemorates the first post-apartheid elections held on that day in 1994. The elections were the first non-racial national elections where everyone of voting age of over 18 from any race group, including foreign residents,[1] was allowed to vote. Previously, under the apartheid regime, non-whites had only limited rights to vote.[2]

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  1. ^ "South Africa: Voters registration". South Africa: Voters registration. Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa. Retrieved 27 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "FREEDOM DAY". Freedom Day is celebrated in South Africa. South African History Online. Retrieved 27 April 2015.