Voting abroad on 30 April: Wha

Voting abroad on 30 April: What South Africans need to know

The long-awaited election day is finally upon us. As more than 9,000 South Africans prepare to vote in London on Wednesday 30 April, we bring you everything you need to know about making your mark, including how to navigate the scheduled tube strike to reach SA House…

Voting abroad on 30 April: Wha

P1250527 (Large)South Africans abroad will cast their votes on Wednesday 30 April, a week earlier than South Africa’s election date, on Wednesday 7 May.

London, with 9,863 South Africans registered to vote, will see the highest international voter turnout by far, although how many people will be scared away by the tube strike remains to be seen.

If you submitted a VEC10 form to confirm your intention to vote abroad and it was approved, you are eligible to vote at your chosen embassy. If you haven’t received an email confirmation, check your spam/ junk folder — many people have found theirs there.

The only voting station in the UK is at South Africa House, Trafalgar Square, which will be open from from 7am to 9pm on Wednesday 30 April. Under no circumstances can votes be cast on any other date.

Take your green, bar-coded South African ID book; smartcard ID; or valid Temporary Identity Certificate AND your valid South African passport or temporary passport to the foreign mission indicated on the confirmation you were sent via email or text.

South Africans wanting to cast their votes in London on Wednesday 30 April are advised to factor in extra time for transport to and from the SA High Commission on the day due to strike action by RMT Union members. (Read our handy guide to your London transport options to the ballot box).

It is expected that anyone with special needs (pregnant, with babies/young children, elderly, disabled etc) will be given priority in the queue – please make yourself known by alerting any officials or volunteers who can assist you.

What will happen inside the voting station:

  • Your thumbnail is marked with indelible ink.
  • Your ID book is stamped.
  • You receive one ballot paper (the national ballot)
  • You mark the ballot in secret, place and seal it in the unmarked envelope given to you.
  • The unmarked envelope is placed in another envelope that is marked with your name and ID number. The use of two envelopes is to ensure the secrecy of your ballot (the outer envelope is discarded before counting).
  • The envelope is placed in a secure ballot box for special votes.

We’ll keep you updated throughout this week and on election day via our website (, Twitter (@thesanews) and Facebook (

Also see:

  • Vote Home on Facebook for lifts, updates etc:

Watch this video of South Africans voting in the 2009 elections in London: