There's nowhere better for political ephemera than Noel Lynch's wonderfully chaotic shop The Green Room on Archway Road. I love these Harold Wilson beermats - he's got quite a few, each with a different quote on the back, at just £2 a piece.
But this was today's choice buy - a ballot paper from South Africa's first post- apartheid elections, almost twenty years ago. Noel says a friend was involved in managing the elections in Natal, and kept a few of the ballot papers - of which this is one. He says that Chief Buthelezi's Inkatha Freedom Party only decided at the last moment to contest the elections. The ballot papers were already printed. So millions of slips were pasted on ballot papers - and indeed you can tell that the Inkatha details are a last minute add-on.
Nelson Mandela's ANC won more than 60% of the national vote, but lost in Natal to Inkatha. You can find all the results here.
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