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JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Polling attendants counted ballots Thursday from South Africa's parliamentary election, which is expected to propel Jacob Zuma to the presidency in a remarkable feat for a man once embroiled in sex and corruption scandals. South Africa's poor black majority connects with Zuma's deprived background, with many seeing parallels between Zuma's rise from childhood poverty to political prominence and their own struggles and aspirations. A record 23 million South Africans registered. The turnout was so heavy -- polling officials said it could be more than their pre-vote estimate of 80 percent -- that some stations had temporary ballot shortages or struggled because ballot boxes filled so quickly. (25 images)

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South Africans wait in line to vote in the country's fourth democratic general elections on April 22, outside a voting station in Khayelitsha township on the outskirt of Cape Town, South Africa. South African voters went to the polls in general elections all but certain to propel the ruling ANC party's controversial leader Jacob Zuma to the presidency. AFP / Getty Images / Gianluigi Guercia


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Voters await their turn to cast their ballots during voting in the nationwide election on April 22, in Alexandra Township, South Africa.The ruling African National Congress was favored to win the majority of seats in the national assembly during Wednesday's vote, although rival parties are expected to make their best showing since the ANC took power in 1994. Getty Images / John Moore



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South Africans wait in line to vote in the country's fourth democratic general elections on April 22, outside a voting station in Khayelitsha township on the outskirt of Cape Town, South Africa. South African voters went to the polls in general elections all but certain to propel the ruling ANC party's controversial leader Jacob Zuma to the presidency. AFP / Getty Images / Gianluigi Guercia



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A long queue of voters stretches behind a poster of Jacob Zuma, the president of the African National Congress, on April 22, in Alexandra Township, South Africa during voting in the nationwide election.The ANC was favored to win the majority of seats in the national assembly during Wednesday's vote, which would make Zuma as the next president of South Africa. Getty Images / John Moore



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A woman leaves after casting her vote in the country's fourth democratic general elections the Ntolwane Primary school in the rural village of Nkandla, some 350 kms north of Durban on April 22. AFP / Getty Images / Rajesh Jantilal



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A South African gets ready to cast his ballot in the country's fourth democratic general elections on April 22, at a voting station in Khayelitsha township on the outskirt of Cape Town, South Africa. AFP / Getty Images / Gianluigi Guercia



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Voters wait for hours in a long queue to cast their ballots during voting in the nationwide election April 22, in the Sweetla Squatter Camp near Alexandra Township, South Africa. The ruling African National Congress was favored to win the majority of seats in the national assembly during Wednesday's vote, although rival parties are expected to make their best showing since the ANC took power in 1994. Getty Images / John Moore



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A woman's hand is marked with ink before casting her ballot in national elections April 22, in Alexandra Township, South Africa. Getty Images / John Moore



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A child sweeps her family's driveway as voters wait for hours in a long queue to cast their ballots in national elections April 22, in Alexandra Township, South Africa. Getty Images / John Moore



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A voter checks with African National Congress representatives to make sure her name is registered outside a polling station for national elections April 22, in Alexandra Township, South Africa. Getty Images / John Moore



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A voter checks her name on a registration list before casting her vote in national elections April 22, in Alexandra Township, South Africa. Getty Images / John Moore



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A voter checks with African National Congress representatives to make sure he is registered to vote outside a polling station for national elections April 22, in Alexandra Township, South Africa. Getty Images / John Moore



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Ballots seen at a voting station in Khayelitsha, South Africa, Wednesday, April 22. AP / Schalk Van Zuydam



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Women wash and a boy drinks from a common water tap near a polling station on April 22, in the Sweetla Squatter Camp near Alexandra Township, South Africa. Getty Images / John Moore



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American election observer Chris Hennemeyer takes a photo inside a polling station during national elections on April 22, in the Sweetla Squatter Camp near Alexandra Township, South Africa. Getty Images / John Moore



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An election official places a voter's ballot in the box at a polling station for national elections on April 22, in the Sweetla Squatter Camp near Alexandra Township, South Africa. Getty Images / John Moore



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Voters wait in line outside a polling station to cast their ballots in national elections April 22, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Getty Images / John Moore



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South African wait in line to cast their votes at the Tokoza township in the east of Johannesburg on April 22. Long lines of South Africans voted in general elections set to launch the ruling ANC party's controversial leader Jacob Zuma into the presidency. AFP / Getty Images / Alexander Joe



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South Africans queue to cast their vote during 2009 Election in Soweto, South Africa, Wednesday April 22. AP / Themba Hadebe



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An aerial view of people queueing to cast their votes in the Katlehong township east of Johannesburg, Wednesday, April 22. Some 23 million South Africans are registered to cast their votes to elect a new president. AP / Denis Farrell



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Voters greet South African former President Nelson Mandela (in car) at a polling station in Johannesburg during South Africa's general elections on April 22. South Africa's first black president Nelson Mandela, 90, voted in the country's fourth democratic polls 15 years after his election ended white minority rule. AFP / Getty Images / Alexander Joe



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Former South African President Nelson Mandela stands next his car after casting his vote at the polling station in Johannesburg, South Africa, Wednesday April 22. AP / Themba Hadebe



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A woman registers to cast her vote in Soweto, South Africa, Wednesday, April 22. AP / Denis Farrell



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A woman, covered with a blanket, queues to vote in Soweto, South Africa, Wednesday, April 22. AP / Denis Farrell



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South African voters line up outside a polling station early Wednesday morning in Khayelitsha, near Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday, April 22. Voters lined up before sunrise Wednesday in an election that has generated an excitement not seen since South Africa's first multiracial vote in 1994, and that was expected to propel Jacob Zuma to the presidency after he survived corruption and sex scandals. AP / Pieter Bauermeister



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