2019 Elections: 30 532 voters abroad applied, 29 334 approved – IEC

A total of 30 532 citizens have applied to cast their vote in the national general elections at South Africa's 121 foreign missions, the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) said on Thursday.

"Of these, 29 334 were approved," the commission said. 

In terms of the election timetable published last week, registered voters had until 23:59 on March 13, 2019, to apply and notify the chief electoral officer of their intention to vote abroad.

Per region, the number of approved application were as follows:

  • Africa 2 868
  • Asia 7 174
  • Europe 14 838
  • North America 2 196
  • Oceania 2 133
  • South America 125 

The IEC said in 2014, the electoral commission received 27 899 applications to vote outside the country, of which 26 716 were approved. A total of 18 446 actually voted in the election.

South Africans abroad will cast their vote earlier than the rest of the nation on April 27, between 07:00 and 19:00.

They are required to take with them their South African ID document (either a green barcoded ID, a smartcard ID or a valid temporary ID certificate) along with their valid passports.

Political parties had until Wednesday to submit their candidate lists for the National Assembly and provincial legislatures to the IEC.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has proclaimed May 8 the day when South Africans will head to the polls.

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