South Africans living abroad can now vote

South Africans living abroad can now vote
South Africans living abroad can now vote

President Jacob Zuma has signed the Electoral Amendment Act. With that South Africans living abroad can now register to vote at their local embassy.

Here’s how to do it.

To vote in elections in South Africa you must be a registered voter. If you are already registered to vote in South Africa (check your registration status online), you don’t have to re-register.

If you aren’t already registered, you will need to visit your nearest South African embassy, high commission, or diplomatic mission; and bring both a valid green, bar-coded South African ID book, ID smartcard or Temporary Identity Certificate (TIC) AND your valid South African passport.

How do I apply to vote abroad?

You must complete a VEC10 form online (only available once the election date has been proclaimed). You will have 15 days from the proclamation date to submit the form. This form notifies about your intention to vote abroad and indicates at which diplomatic mission, embassy or high commission you will vote. You will then receive an email or text message to let you know if you qualify to vote abroad.

For further information visit the IEC’s website at


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