10 questions you probably have about voting, answered

By Mieke Vlok
02 August 2016

No, you can't take selfies in the voting booth!

Once again, it’s time to make your mark where it matters. Do you know when, where and how to go about voting?

1. What if I can’t remember where to go to vote?

Click here if you’re unsure about where you’re registered. Enter your ID number to see if you are registered and where your nearest polling station is.

You can also find out using your cellphone. Dial *120*432# or SMS your ID number to 32810. Every SMS costs R1. You can also phone the toll-free number 0800-11-800 from your cell or a landline.

2. Can I vote at any polling station?

No, unfortunately you can only vote at the polling station at which you’re registered.

3. What do I have to take in order to vote?

Remember, your passport or driver’s licence will not be accepted for voting purposes. Your green ID book with a barcode, your Smartcard ID or a temporary ID are the only documents which will allow you access to the voting booth.

4. What time can we begin voting?

The polling stations are open from 7 on Wednesday morning until 7 in the evening.

5. Can I show support for my political party through the way I dress?

Voters are permitted to wear clothing which represents their party of choice. Candidates of the various political parties and election officials, on the other hand, may not wear clothing which represents their parties inside the polling station. The same applies to placards, banners and any other party-promotional material.

6. Can I vote for who I like?

You can vote for anyone/party on the ballot paper (one vote per ballot paper). No one is permitted to prompt, threaten, intimidate, bribe or order you to vote for a specific party/person.

7. Can someone accompany me into the polling booth?

No, you must go into the booth on your own.

8. Can I take a selfie when I vote?

It is not permitted to photograph your ballot paper. But once you’ve left the polling station, you can share your voting experience with your friends and family on social media. Use #ivoted and #2016MunicipalElections when you want to share on social media.

9. What about weapons?

Weapons are not allowed at the polling stations.

10. And what about the election results?

You can follow the election results live courtesy of News24's app. Click here for more information Still uncertain or have nagging questions? Visit elections.org.za for more information.

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