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Final Call for Special Vote Applications Ahead of the 2024 National and Provincial Elections

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With the National and Provincial Elections (NPE) set for 29 May 2024, the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) is issuing a final reminder for those intending to apply for a special vote. The opportunity for applications commenced on 15 April and is drawing to a close on Friday, 3 May.

Special voting days have been designated for 27 and 28 May, between 9 am and 5 pm, to accommodate individuals unable to make it to the voting stations on Election Day. These provisions are made to ensure that every eligible voter has the chance to participate in the democratic process, a cornerstone of South African values.

Those eligible for home visits are voters who face mobility challenges or health issues preventing them from travelling to their designated voting stations. Additionally, the option for a special vote at the voting station is offered to those who have valid reasons for being absent on the actual day of the election.

For the convenience of voters, the IEC has outlined a number of ways in which applications for special votes can be submitted:

  • Online through the IEC’s secure platform at www.elections.org.za.
  • For those applying for a voting station special vote, by SMSing your ID number to 32249 (cost R1.00 per SMS).
  • In-person at local IEC offices with an Appendix 1B form for voting station special votes, or an Appendix 1A form for home visit special votes. Voters can also have someone else submit these forms on their behalf, ensuring flexibility and accessibility.

In a recent development, the IEC has refuted claims made in a viral message suggesting automatic special voting permissions for individuals over 60, stating, “This is not a message from the Commission.” It underscores the policy that voting must occur in the area where one is registered unless prior notification of an intended absence through Section 24A notices is given.

To facilitate participation, these Section 24A notices, allowing voters to cast their ballot in a voting district different from where they’re registered if they are away on Election Day, are available at www.elections.org.za until 17 May.

To mark the significance of the election, President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared 29 May a public holiday, encouraging all South Africans to exercise their right to vote.

Special Votes - IEC
Special Votes – IEC

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