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Voting Tips

2013-11-01 11:22

The 2014 national and provincial government elections will be held on 7 May, but some people don't know what to do or where to start, especially if they've never voted before. Follow our handy list of tips and you'll be fine.

1. Check that you have a green ID book with a barcode. If not, apply for one now.

2. Check that you are registered to vote, by clicking here or sending an SMS with your ID number to 32810. For more details, visit the IEC's website. If you're not registered to vote, sadly you're too late, as voter registration has closed.

3. In the run-up to the elections, pay attention to various media reports; election rallies; election advertisements; and talk to your friends and colleagues about the main issues at stake in the elections. This will hopefully help you make an informed decision about which party to vote for in both the national and provincial elections. Remember, your vote is your own choice, and you should not feel obligated to or intimidated by anyone when making your decision.

4. Ahead of election day, double check that you still have your ID book, and that you know where you are expected to vote. Click here for your Voting Station Finder.

5. On election day, plan when you want to head to the voting station. Remember, voting stations are open all day, and there are often longer queues in the morning, while the queues subside in the afternoon or early evening. Wear comfortable shoes and take water or refreshments with you if you expect to stand in a long queue

6. Once you get to the front of the queue at the voting station, you will show your ID book or temporary identity document to the voting officer.

7. The voting officer will check that your name appears on the voters' roll. If your name doesn't appear on the voters' roll but you have proof that you registered (a registration sticker), the presiding officer must validate your proof of registration, and you will complete a form, which will then allow you to vote.

8. Once the voting officer verifies that you are a registered voter, and have not already voted, your name is marked off on the voters' roll. Your ID book is then stamped, and your thumbnail is inked. This ink is not permanent and will wear off. Be proud of it, as it proclaims that you exercised your civic duty and voted!

9. The voting officer will then hand you the official ballot papers (one each for the national and provincial election).

10. You are then guided to an empty ballot booth, where you are able to vote in complete privacy. Pens are provided. Remember to make an informed decision when you vote, as every vote counts. Once you've made your mark, fold the ballot papers in half, so that your choice is not visible, and then place them in the ballot box before you exit the voting station.

Congratulations, you have now voted!

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