Your election 'how to' guide

By Drum Digital
22 April 2014

All you need to know about the upcoming May 7 elections.

The voting and counting process

The steps in the voting and counting process will be mostly the same as in previous elections. Because there will be many people voting for the first time, it is important to do community motivation and education on voting.

Election Day: Voting will take place from 07:00 to 21:00 (7 am to 9 pm).

Who can vote in these elections?

  • There are two important deciding factors: You are a South African citizen with an ID document recognised by the 1998 Electoral Act
  • You have registered as a voter and your name is on the voters’ roll for your voting district.

What about South Africans living or working abroad?

The new Electoral Amendment Act of 2013 allows any South African citizen of eligible voting age to register and to apply for a special

vote if they inform the IEC of their intention to vote at a South African embassy or mission within 15 days of the election being gazetted.

What if you are out of town on Election Day?

If you are unavoidably unable to vote in the voting district where you registered on Election Day, for example, you are away on business within South Africa on Election Day, you will:

• have to sign a section 24A form at the voting station and show your bar-coded ID with registration sticker to vote;

• be able to vote for the National Assembly at any voting station in the country; or

• only be able to vote for your Provincial Legislature at a voting station in the province where you registered.

Special votes

A special voter under the Electoral Amendment Act of 2013 is someone who is ‘physically infirm’ (old or ill), living with a

disability, or pregnant, and who wishes to cast a special vote.

Such a person is required to apply in advance for a special vote home visit at his or her Local IEC Office. On May 5 and 6 2014, the visitation process for purposes of casting special votes will begin.

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