Voting day rules

It’s essential to understand what is permissible to post on the day – and what is not. Image: Wikimedia Commons

IEC ready for voting outside the country

The IEC has detailed the voting process outside the country, reassuring those unfamiliar with overseas voting procedures.

Voting day rules

It’s essential to understand what is permissible to post on the day – and what is not. Image: Wikimedia Commons

The Electoral Commission (IEC) has elucidated the process for casting votes outside the nation, easing concerns of individuals unfamiliar with overseas voting protocols.

HERE IS WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT VOTING OUTSIDE SA 

Chief Electoral Officer Sy Mamabolo said Friday will mark another milestone in the elections timetable. As it is the first voting day in the National and Provincial Elections 2024.  

“South African citizens living in other countries will cast the first ballots on 17 May. Nine countries will cast ballots on Friday while the rest of the 102 will cast ballots on Saturday, 18 May,” Mamabolo said. 

He said that, given the high number of expected voters in London, 24 194, this station will operate on both 18 and 19 May. 

London is expecting a high turnout of voters

Mamabolo added the international segment of the voter rolls for out-of-country voters has 56 698 voters. But the total number of people expected to vote is 76 580.

“This comes after the approval of 20 886 VEC10 notifications from voters. Who informed the Chief Electoral Officer of their intention to vote outside of the country due to temporary absence,” he said.

THE IEC IS READY TO ENSURE SMOOTH VOTING 

The commissioner said the IEC was ready to ensure smooth voting in 111 foreign missions worldwide.

“All missions have already received the election materials, which include ballot papers, voting booths, ballot boxes, envelopes and a voter list.”

FROM WHAT TIME CAN YOU VOTE ON THESE DATES? 

Voting stations will be open from 7:00 to 19:00, allowing 76 580 voters to exercise their right to vote in South Africa’s 2024 National Elections.

“On both voting days abroad, the Electoral Commission will keep extended hours to assist voters with any inquiries,” he said.

HERE IS ALL THE DATES AND TIMES YOU NEED TO KNOW

SA citizens voting out-of-country in the 2024 National Election can only vote on one day at their mission:

  • – Missions with a work week from Sunday–Thursday vote on Friday, 17 May, from 7:00 to 19:00. The following countries are determined to vote on this Friday: Algiers, Amman, Cairo, Damascus, Jeddah, Kuwait City, Ramallah, Riyad and Teheran.
  • – Missions with a work week from Monday–Friday vote on Saturday, 18 May, from 7:00 to 19:00.

Two days of special votes have been determined for the UK. Based on the number of voters who will vote at that mission.