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Voting in the 2014 SA elections – Your Questions Answered

The VOTE HOME team get lots of questions about overseas voting in the South African National Elections and have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions below. If you don't find the answer you're looking for please feel free to email the VOTE HOME team with your questions and they'll do what they can to assist.

The questions we answer here include:
  1. Can South Africans living overseas vote in the 2014 general elections?
  2. When will the elections take place?
  3. Who can vote?
  4. How do I know if I'm registered to vote?
  5. How do I register to vote while living abroad?
  6. Where will I vote?
  7. How does the IEC know that I’m going to vote abroad?
  8. Can I vote with my passport?
1. Can South Africans living overseas vote in the 2014 general elections?Yes, in March 2009 the South African Constitutional Court ruled that South Africans living abroad who are registered to vote can do so provided they notify SA’s chief electoral officer of their intention to vote overseas. South Africans living abroad can currently only vote at South African embassies, consulates and high commissions (You can view a map of the 2009 voting stations here).In order to vote you must have previously registered to vote in South Africa and have a valid ID book with you at the time of voting. In 2009 overseas voters had to notify the IEC of their intention to vote abroad by submitting a VEC10 form. The IEC haven't yet made this form available, but have said that once the President announces the date of the election we will have 15 days to submit this form, so keep checking the VOTE HOME Facebook page or sign up for email updates to ensure you don't miss the deadline.2. When will the elections take place? The date of the elections has not yet been announced by the President, but according to the Constitution of South Africa elections must occur between April - July 2014, and they must be held within 90 days of April 21, 2014.3. Who can vote?In order to vote you must:
  • be a South African citizen;
  • be at least 18 years old;
  • have a green, bar-coded ID book; and
  • be on the voters roll.
4. How do I know if I'm registered to vote?To find out if you’re on the electoral roll and registered to vote, submit your ID Number on this page on the IEC website: https://www.elections.org.za/content/For-voters/My-voter-registration-details/5. How do I register to vote while living abroad?It is currently only possible to register to vote at a municipal electoral office in South Africa, so be sure to do so when you next travel back home. You can find a local municipal electoral office on the IEC website here:  https://www.elections.org.za/content/About-Us/Contact/You can register at any time, however to be able to vote in a specific election, you must register before the election date is proclaimed  by the President (published in the Government Gazette). The Voters’ Roll for a specific election closes at 5pm on the day of proclamation. We strongly urge you to contact your local Municipal Electoral Office prior to your trip to confirm their opening times and the dates that you will be able to register to vote.NB: The Electoral Amendment Bill is currently being considered by the NCOP and should this be passed into law it will allow for overseas voter registration. For the latest updates on this check out the VOTE HOME Facebook page or sign up for email updates.6. Where will I vote?South Africans living abroad can currently only vote at South African embassies, consulates and high commissions. You can view a map of the 2009 voting stations here.7. How does the IEC know that I'm going to vote abroad?In 2009 overseas voters had to notify the IEC of their intention to vote abroad by submitting a VEC10 form. The IEC haven't yet made this form available, but have said that once the President announces the date of the election we will have 15 days to submit this form, so keep checking the VOTE HOME Facebook page or sign up for email updates to ensure you don't miss the deadline.8. Can I vote with my passport?No - you have to have your South African barcoded ID book to be able to vote, so please ensure to bring your ID along with you when you plan to travel abroad for extended periods during election years. You will not be able to vote with your passport.Generally we recommend that if you have any specific questions you check out the IEC website (www.elections.org.za), but if you're still unable to find the answer you're welcome to email the VOTE HOME team at [email protected] and they'll do their best to help you out. These things can also change at any time so register for email updates to ensure you get the latest news and info about overseas voting.

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