Time running out to apply for special votes - IEC

2016-07-06 19:17
IEC voting station. (Elmarie Jack, News24)

Cape Town - Registered voters have until Friday afternoon to apply for a special vote ahead of the 2016 municipal elections, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said.

So far over 285 000 applications for special votes have been received - 30% of them for home visits.

With 200 parties and over 61 000 candidates contesting the elections this year, the commission is hoping for a high turnout on August 3.

But for people who cannot make it to the polling booth on election day, the commission offers a special vote.

Two types of special votes are available to all registered voters including disabled, infirm and pregnant voters, members of security forces, election officials, the media and any other voters who are unable to get to the voting station on the day.

A home visit is available for the disabled, infirm or pregnant, while special voting at their voting station is an option for registered voters who are unable to get to their voting station on August 3.

So far, 30% of the special vote applications have been for home visits.

Online and SMS application options

Special votes may only be cast by voters who have applied for, and received approval from the commission, the IEC said in a statement on its website on Wednesday.

Registered voters can apply for special votes online and via cellphone by SMSing their ID number to 32249 (SMSes charged at R1).

The SMS application facility is only available for those applying to cast a special vote at their voting station and not for home visits.

Applying for a special vote at local IEC offices by submitting a MEC35 form is also an option. Forms must be hand-delivered, but can be delivered on behalf of a voter by someone else, the commission said.

The closing time for the special vote applications is 17:00 on Friday.

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