IEC special votes

South Africa is heading to the polls on 29 May. Image: Flickr

2024 elections: IEC happy with turnout on first day of special votes

The IEC says as of Monday afternoon an estimated 201 000 voting station visits of special votes were processed in 22 000 service points.

IEC special votes

South Africa is heading to the polls on 29 May. Image: Flickr

The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) says over 201 794 voting station visits were processed on the first day of special votes on Monday, 27 May. 

Special votes started on Monday and will end on Tuesday, 28 May, for qualifying voters.


The Commission said at 14:00, an estimated 201 794 voting station visits of special votes were processed in 22 626 service points. 

Over the two days, a total of 624 593 voters will be visited by 62 000 officials from the Commission, accompanied by political party agents and observers, where they are available. 

“The Commission reminds those who qualified for special votes that they will only be visited at the given address once. If the voter is not present at the given address, they will be able to cast their vote at the voting station where they are registered,” the IEC reiterated. 


Additionally, the IEC clarified that if a voter has made two transactions, the last will override the first. This is reportedly done to protect the integrity of the elections and prevent voters from voting twice.

Notably, those who applied to cast a special vote at their voting station must do so between 9:00 and 17:00, which is different from the voting hours of 7:00 to 21:00 on Election Day. 

The Commission said that after casting votes, the ballots must be inserted in an unmarked envelope, which will then be inserted in a second envelope with the voter’s details.

“The special voting process is subject to all the security and integrity protocols of regular voting, including scrutiny by party agents and observers where present. Special votes will be reconciled against the voters’ roll and the list of approved special votes. 

“Additional checks include the double envelope system, which allows us to still preserve the secrecy of the voter’s ballot.” 

All special votes collected are stored securely overnight on 27 and 28 May. They will be transported to voting stations on 29 May, where they will be opened, reconciled, and added to the ordinary ballots cast on 29 May before counting begins.

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Special votes will be cast on Monday, 27 May and Tuesday, 28 May. Image: SA Gov News

As 29 May draws near, the Commission also warned South Africans to beware of misinformation and phishing scams on social media and other digital platforms.