Johannesburg – Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Chairperson Glen Mashinini publically cast his special vote as cameras rolled at Dainfern College in Johannesburg on Monday.
The footage, posted on Twitter, shows Mashinini writing on his ballot paper and dropping it into the IEC ballot box, while surrounded by cameras.
Mashinini is one of the first commissioners to test the special voting process.
A special vote accommodates people who cannot get to their voting station on the big day, Wednesday, because they have a physical condition, or because they will not be in the vicinity of their voting station.
The Electoral Commission received over 740 000 applications for special votes for this election - over three times the number received in 2011, and nearly double that received in 2014.
Of the 719 225 approved special voters nationwide, 315 597 (44%) were for home visits and 403 628 (56%) were to be able to cast a special vote on Monday and Tuesday.
Voting times for special votes are between 08:00 and 17:00 on Monday and Tuesday - different to Wednesday's voting hours of 07:00 to 19:00.
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