75 000 special votes so far as deadline looms – IEC

2014-04-16 14:29

Just over 75 000 applications for special votes have been approved so far, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has said.

“The electoral commission reminds voters that the deadline for applications for special votes in this year’s national and provincial elections is tomorrow,” the IEC said today.

There were two categories of special votes – home visits and special voting at a registered voting station.

For a home visit, election officials would visit voters who had successfully applied due to physical infirmity, disability or pregnancy. These visits would be conducted on May 5 and 6.

Special voting at a registered voting station was for people who would not be in their voting district on election day. This voting would also take place on May 5 and 6 between 9am and 5pm.

The IEC said of the 75 000 special votes already approved, about 57 000 were for home visits and 17 500 for voting at voting stations.

Earlier, the government urged those who still needed to register for a special vote to do so before the 5pm deadline tomorrow.

“Government encourages the elderly and people with disabilities to submit their applications for special votes by the April 17,” acting Government Communication and Information System CEO Harold Maloka said.

“All registered South African voters are urged to exercise their democratic right to vote on the prescribed days.”

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