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SA expats set to vote

2014-04-29 09:31

Pretoria - South African expatriates will be able to vote on Wednesday, the international relations department said.

"People are going to be voting tomorrow [Wednesday]," spokesperson Clayson Monyela said on Tuesday after dismissing a report by The Times that voters living abroad would not be able to vote because of a government communication botch up.

The newspaper reported there was a miscommunication attributed to the department and the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) to tell expats they needed to complete a form if they wanted to vote.

SA High Commissioner to Ghana Jeanette Ndhlovu reportedly said the error created a "problem everywhere".

"I've been in touch with my colleagues at other embassies and many other expats also failed to submit the VEC10 forms on time. It will not be possible for them to vote," she was quoted as saying.

Monyela said this was not true.

"Elections are run by an independent body, not by government... All the information related to the elections, whether it's here or abroad, is communicated by the IEC," he explained.

IEC spokesperson Kate Bapela said she would look into the matter to get the correct information and issue a statement soon.

According to the Cape Times, there are 26 000 registered voters abroad. The IEC has reportedly budgeted R2m to courier ballot papers from 116 cities back to South Africa.

The first voting station will open at 21:00 SA time on Tuesday night in Wellington, New Zealand. The voting station in Los Angeles, US, will close at 06:00 SA time on Thursday.



  
- SAPA
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