Apply to cast your special vote

2018-05-09 06:01

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in the Free State encourages voters to apply for special voting in the Letsemeng Local Municipality’s by-election.

The municipality includes Koffie­fontein, Jacobsdal, Luckhoff, Oppermansgronde and Petrusburg.

The municipal ward by-election is scheduled to take place on 13 June. Special voting will take place at voting stations and through home visits on 12 June from 08:00 to 17:00.

Voters who wish to cast special votes can apply at a local IEC office from 28 May to 1 June, during office hours. Applications for special votes can also be made via the IEC’s website, www.elections.org.za.

Once voters have applied online, they will receive an SMS notifying them of the outcome after their application has been processed. They can also check the status of their special vote application online.

Voters can also apply for special votes via cell phone by sending an SMS with their identity number to 32249 (charged at R1). This facility is only available to those applying to cast a special vote at a voting station, and is not applicable to home visits.

By-election Ward 2 in the Letsemeng Municipality, with 3 385 registered voters, became vacant due to the resignation of the councillor.

Mmathabo Rasengane, spokes­person, strongly warned voters against flouting the IEC’s rules and regulations.

“Voters are reminded that it is a criminal offence to register and vote in a ward in which they are not a resident,” said Rasengane.

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