South Africa Elections 2024 IEC

The Northern Cape was the first of South Africa’s nine provinces to finish counting votes on Friday. Here’s what the numbers looked like … Image: File

Elections 2024: Here’s how South Africans abroad can register to vote

South Africa is heading to the polls this year. The IEC has encouraged South Africans living abroad to register to vote.

South Africa Elections 2024 IEC

The Northern Cape was the first of South Africa’s nine provinces to finish counting votes on Friday. Here’s what the numbers looked like … Image: File

The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) says South Africans who live, study, and work abroad can register to vote in the 2024 General Elections starting Friday, 26 January.

The date for the highly anticipated elections is yet to be announced.

HOW CAN SOUTH AFRICANS LIVING ABROAD REGISTER TO VOTE?

According to the IEC, citizens living abroad must present themselves in person at their nearest South African mission to register as voters.

They will require their South African identity document and a valid South African passport to apply for registration.

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Citizens living abroad who are already registered to vote – either on the national or international segment of the voters’ roll – need not re-register but must inform the Electoral Commission of their intention to vote outside the country.

They do so by completing a secure online notification form (Notification and Application to CEO for Special Votes Abroad) indicating the mission for which they intend to vote. This form will be available on this website at www.elections.org.za from the date the national election is proclaimed for 15 days.

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa speaks to Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) officials at the Thembalethu Primary School voting station during the nationwide voter registration campaign ahead of the 2024 general elections in Soweto on November 18, 2023. Photo by Luca Sola / AFP

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