Devastating Voting News for Expats from Four Cities

Unfortunately the votes from four overseas cities have not been counted as they did not reach South Africa before the IEC’s deadline of 9 pm tonight.

The four cities are: Toronto, Havanna, Madrid and Lubumbashi.

Rosie Letsoalo-Alexandrov who was the first voter in Toronto
Photo: Rosie Letsoalo-Alexandrov who was the first voter in Toronto. Unfortunately her vote will not count.

According to a message on Vote Home SA’s Facebook page: “Please note that this was due to the votes being held by the foreign country’s control and despite the IEC doing absolutely everything within their power, they were unsuccessful in retrieving these votes. They have assured us they will ensure this issue will be addressed before 2019.”

This news will likely be devastating for all those South Africans abroad who travelled extremely long distances to those cities on 30 April 2014 to make their mark.

It seems incredibly unfair that these expats could have gone to such an effort for their country, and yet somehow the systems in place failed them and could not get their votes to South Africa on time even though they had over a week to do so.

It’s heartbreaking, and as one Facebook follower in South Africa, Rianke Krugel, said “Ugh…so sorry guys who voted. Please don’t give up on us in 2019!”

Last night there were still nine cities’ ballot papers that had not yet been received, but fortunately five of those cities managed to get their votes to the IEC before 9pm today.

As reported earlier, the DA has won the majority of the international votes (84.44 %) with the ANC trailing in second place (8.32%), Agang in third (1.81%) and the EFF in fourth (1.41%).


  1. 2009 to 2014 voting stats

    ANC down 215k
    DA up 1.13m

    At that rate the ANC would only stay in power for 30 more years so it is possible in all our life times here to see another miracle in AFRICA… Now that I would call an African Renaissance

    My biggest concern is how big the potholes back in SA will be in thirty years. Where does the 5.8m extra registered voters appear from since the 1994 elections? Where is the 6.7m voter discrepancy between supposedly registered voters and votes cast. I get the feeling there is a lot of dead people still on the roll. Lastly from 1994 to 1999 there was a decline of 1.361m voters lets assume they’re all Expats and 90% will vote for the DA, that means the Africa Renaissance can be even closer than these simplified predictions


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