SA ELECTIONS 2014:
Registration for voters abroad
Centurion ¡V As South Africans descend on voting stations
around the country to register for the upcoming elections this weekend
(9 and 10 November), one group of eligible voters will have to wait a
little bit longer to register.
South Africans living abroad are not able to register
until the legislation governing out of country registration and voting
has been approved. Only once the Electoral Amendment Bill 2013 is
approved by Parliament and signed into law by the President can
arrangements for registering South Africans abroad be finalised.
The Bill has been approved by the National Council of
Provinces and is currently before the National Assembly. It is hoped the
Bill will be approved and enacted before the end of November.
In the meantime, advance planning for the process is
proceeding in conjunction with the Department of International Relations
and Cooperation (DIRCO). In terms of the draft legislation South
Africans will have to register in person at one of South Africa¡¦s 124
Embassies, High Commissions or Consulates-General located in 108
They will need to be in possession of a valid South
African ID document (either a green bar-coded South African ID book, a
new smart ID card or a valid Temporary Identity Certificate) AND a valid
South African passport in order to be registered.
The Bill does not require South African citizens living
abroad and who are already registered as voters in South Africa to
register again and they will, as previously, be able to cast a special
vote in the 2014 national election. It does, however, for the first time
provide for persons who are not yet registered as voters to be able to
do so and have their particulars added to the national common voters
The IEC will announce further details of the registration
process for South Africans abroad on its website and via the media once
the legislation has been enacted.
Further information regarding registration and voting by
South Africans abroad subject to the enactment of the legislation and
finalisation of the process is attached in the fact sheet.
FACT SHEET: REGISTRATION AND VOTING BY SOUTH AFRICANS
OUTSIDE OF THE COUNTRY
(Based on the Electoral Amendment Bill 2013 and subject
to change in line with the final Electoral Amendment Act)
How do I register abroad?
To vote in elections for the National Assembly you must
be a registered voter. If you are already registered to vote in South
Africa (check your registration status online at www.elections.org.za),
you don¡¦t have to re-register.
If you are not already registered:
will need to visit your nearest South African Embassy, High Commission
or Consulate-General; and (http://www.dirco.gov.za/foreign/sa_abroad/index.htm);
both a valid green, bar-coded South African ID book, ID smartcard or
Temporary Identity Certificate (TIC) AND your valid South African
Registration times and procedures will be announced and
published once the legislation is finalised.
How do I apply to vote abroad?
Once you have registered (either in South Africa or
abroad) you must then complete an on-line VEC10 template available onwww.elections.org.za.
This template notifies the IEC of your intention to vote abroad and
indicates at which Embassy, High Commission or Consulate-General you
The template will only be available once the election
date has been proclaimed and must be completed within 15 days from the
Voters will receive confirmation of receipt of the VEC10
template and approval to vote abroad via SMS or email.
How do I vote abroad?
The receipt that informs you whether you qualify to vote
which you will receive following the submission of your on-line VEC10
template will indicate the South African Embassy, High Commission or
Consulate-General where voting will take place and the date on which
voting will take place (usually a week before the election day in South
You must take your valid green, bar-coded South African
ID book, ID smartcard or Temporary Identity Certificate (TIC) AND your
valid South African passport with you to the diplomatic mission to vote.
Can I vote before I leave South Africa?
If you will be abroad on election day and would like to
vote in South Africa on a designated day before election day, you can
apply for a special vote (http://www.elections.org.za/content/For-Voters/Special-votes/)
at your municipal electoral office (http://www.elections.org.za/content/About-Us/Contact/).
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Process for South Africans in Taiwan:
Can I register from abroad?
Yes, all South Africans with a
valid South African ID (green,
bar-coded ID / smartcard ID / valid TIC) AND
a valid South African passport will
be allowed to apply for registration once the current Electoral
Amendment Bill 2013 has been enacted.
Note: You can't apply for registration with only your passport, you must
have your South African ID document as well. Both documents must be
You must apply in person at the
Liaison Office of South Africa (LOSA).
The registration dates and additional info will be published here on our
website and also via the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Twitter
and Facebook accounts as it becomes available.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO BEFORE THE REGISTRATION DATES ARE PUBLISHED:
The Liaison Office South Africa request all South Africans living in
Taiwan to pre-register with
this Office for the upcoming 2014 General Elections. This information
is needed urgently by the IEC in order to ascertain how many South
Africans are in Taiwan so that the IEC can prepare for the required
logistical and documentation arrangements.
WHAT MUST I DO ¡V
The First Step:
1. Come to the LOSA
with your valid South African ID and valid
South African Passport.
Please note that this is a pre-registration to identify how many South
Africans will be voting in Taiwan. This is
not the step for an
application for registration.
ONCE THE REGISTRATION DATES ARE PUBLISHED: (The
LOSA will inform South Africans through the website and Wardens of the
date of application of registration)