How To ... Register to vote

2014-02-07 09:40

The countdown to the final voter registration weekend has started. Feeling a bit lost? Here are a few handy tips. The IEC has promised to have 1 680 voting stations open this weekend from 8am to 5pm across the country.

» Who can register?

If you are a South African citizen living in South Africa and are over the age of 16 years then you are eligible to register this weekend. Bring along your green ID book, Temporary Identity Certificate (TIC) or – if you are fortunate enough to have one already – your ID smart card.

» How many times do I have to register?

Once is enough. Unless you have moved to a different district within South Africa since the last voters’ registration. Then you will have to re-register this weekend.

» What if I move to another district after this weekend’s last voter registration weekend?

Go to your new municipality and get your registration details amended. Kate Bapela, spokesperson for the IEC, advises that you “make sure you do this before the president announces the election date. Because after 5pm on the day he announces the date you will be unable to change your voter registration details.”

» Can I still register if I’m living abroad?

Yes, go to your nearest South African embassy, high commission or consulate with your green bar-coded ID books and passport. But hurry. Registration closes today.

Voting Abroad

» Can I register online?

No. Everyone must go in person to the voting stations to get registered.

» How will I know I have successfully registered?

After filling in the necessary forms and receiving your bar-coded sticker, you must wait seven working days. Thereafter, you can SMS your ID number to 32810 to confirm if you are registered. Alternatively, you can check online or call 0800 11 8000.

» What happens if my name doesn’t appear as registered after I’ve registered?

Bapela said should your name not appear on the registration list, you should urgently contact the IEC via email or telephone. “Contact me on or on Alternatively, troubled voters can contact us via our call centre at 0800 11 8000.”

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