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21. December 2013

Fact Sheet - Registration and Voting by South Africans Outside of the Country

Attention to all South African Citizens: Fact Sheet - Registration and Voting by South Africans Outside of the Country (Based on the Electoral Amendment Bill 2013).

How do I register abroad?
To vote in elections for the National Assembly you must be a registered voter. If you are already registered to vote in South Africa (check your registration status online at www.elections.org.za), you don’t have to re-register.

If you are not already registered:

  • You will need to visit your nearest South African Embassy, High Commission or Consulate-General; and (http://www.dirco.gov.za/foreign/sa_abroad/index.htm);
  • bring both a valid green, bar-coded South African ID book, ID smartcard or Temporary Identity Certificate (TIC) AND your valid South African passport

How do I apply to vote abroad?

  • Once you have registered (either in South Africa or abroad) you must then complete an online VEC10 template available on www.elections.org.za. This template notifies the IEC of your intention to vote abroad and indicates at which Embassy, High Commission or Consulate-General you will vote.
  • The template will only be available once the election date has been proclaimed and must be completed within15 days from the proclamation date.
  • Voters will receive confirmation of receipt of the VEC10 template and approval to vote abroad via SMS or email.

How do I vote abroad?

  • The receipt that informs you whether you qualify to vote which you will receive following the submission of your on-line VEC10 template will indicate the South African Embassy, High Commission or Consulate-General where voting will take place and the date on which voting will take place (usually a week before the election day in South Africa).
  • Once the President has announced the election date, you must take your valid green, bar-coded South African ID book, ID smartcard or Temporary Identity Certificate (TIC) AND your valid South African passport with you to the diplomatic mission to vote.

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