Cape Town - Approximately 26 000 voters submitted VEC 10 forms applying to vote outside of South Africa, the Independent Electoral Commission said.
The electoral commission received online and fax applications until late Wednesday night and are still capturing these.
Spokesperson for the IEC Kate Bapela said the official numbers will be released at a later stage.
This year marks the fist time South Africans were able to register abroad in order to vote in the 2014 election. They are however, not allowed to vote in the provincial election.
South Africans abroad can check the status of their VEC 10 application here