Special vote applications for municipal elections

2016-06-15 06:00

FOR the first time applications for special votes in the local government elections will be available online and via SMS. Special votes are available to all registered voters including the disabled, infirm and pregnant, as well as members of the security forces, election officials, the media and any other voters who are unable to visit their voting station on election day 3 August.

Special votes are carried out through home visits or at your voting station for registered voters unable to vote on 3 August.

Special votes may only be cast by voters who have applied for and received approval from the Electoral Commission to cast a special vote. Applications open at 8am on Friday 10 June and close at 5pm on Friday 8 July.

For the first time applications for special votes will be available online via the Electoral Commission’s website www.elections.org.za and by SMSing the voter’s ID number to 32249 (SMS charged at R1). This SMS application facility is only available for those applying to cast a special vote at their voting station and not for home visits.

Once their application has been processed, voters will receive a notification via email or SMS of whether their application for a special vote was successful or not. They can also check the status of their special vote application online at www.elections.org.za

The traditional method of applying for a special vote at local IEC offices by submitting a MEC35 form is also still available. Forms must be hand-delivered but can be delivered on behalf of a voter by someone else.

The process for casting a special vote is the same as a normal vote – with the exception that the completed ballot papers are sealed in an unmarked envelope which is then marked with the voter’s name, ID number and voting district number. IEC officials take the envelope and place it in a secure ballot box for special votes and the voter’s name is marked off the voters’ roll with “SV” to indicate a special vote.

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