Desperate to vote, but not quite sure how and where? Here are some answers to your questions about South Africans registering and voting abroad:
How do I register abroad?
In order to vote in the elections you must be registered.
If you are already registered on South Africa’s National Voters’ Roll you DO NOT have to re-register. BUT you will need to fill in the online VEC10 form once it becomes available (see below).
Check your registration status online at: www.elections.org.za
If you are not already registered
- You will need to register at your nearest South African Embassy, High Commission or Consulate-General (See http://www.dirco.gov.za/foreign/sa_abroad/index.htm for a list)
- Bring both a valid green bar-coded South African ID book, smart-card ID or temporary identity certificate AND your valid South African passport
When and where should I register?
You can register until 7 February 2014 during office hours of your local South African Embassy, High Commission or Consulate-General. For office hours please contact your relevant Embassy, High Commission or Consulate-General. You will not be able to register after 7 February 2014.
Provision has also been made for two special registration weekends, (last weekend 18 and 19 January) and THIS WEEKEND – 25 and 26 January 2014, to accommodate those South Africans living abroad who are unable to register at their nearest South African foreign mission during normal working hours.
Click here to find your closest voting station.
What if my passport has expired?
First check that you’re still registered (http://bit.ly/electionsza). If you are, then you can apply to renew your passport. Contact your local Embassy. You should then be able to use a Temporary Passport Certificate to vote with if you ask them for one.
How do I apply to vote abroad? And what’s this about a VEC10 form?
Once you have registered (either in South Africa or abroad) you must then complete an online VEC10 form available on www.elections.org.za. This form notifies the IEC of your intention to vote abroad and indicates at which Embassy, High Commission or Consulate-General you will vote.
The form will only be available once the election date has been proclaimed and must be completed within 15 days from the proclamation date. (The President will only announce the election date after 9 February.) Voters will receive confirmation of receipt of the VEC10 form and approval to vote abroad via SMS or email.
We will notify SAPeople’s Facebook followers as soon as the date is announced and remind you to go online and complete this form! (Pls check that you have clicked Like and ticked ‘Get Notifications’ in the dropdown beneath it). Or follow us on Twitter for updates.
How do I vote abroad?
The receipt that informs you whether you qualify to vote (which you will receive only following the submission of your online VEC10 form) will indicate the South African Embassy, High Commission or Consulate-General where voting will take place and the date on which voting will take place (usually a week before the election day in South Africa).
You must take your valid green, bar-coded South African ID book, smart-card ID or temporary identity certificate AND your valid South African passport with you to the diplomatic mission to vote.
For voting times, please check the website of the relevant Embassy, High Commission or Consulate-General.
Can I vote before I leave South Africa?
If you are going to be abroad on Election Day and would like to vote in South Africa before Election Day, you may be able to apply for a special vote at your local IEC office. To read more about special votes visit www.elections.org.za and/or to find your nearest IEC office.
Updates around the World:
If you’re in England – click here – to view opening hour details and a video of South African voters in London last weekend.
Apart from Bern, you can now also register to vote this weekend (and up until 7 Feb) in GENEVA:
This weekend (25/26 Jan): 09h00-16h30
South African Permanent Mission to the UN and other International Organisations
65 Rue du Rhône
Ph: +41 22 849 5454
Click here for more detailed info on voting abroad.
You can find the Electoral Commission (IEC) at:
- Facebook: IECSouthAfrica
- Twitter: @IECSouthAfrica