Special voting opens tomorrow

Applications for voters to cast special votes in the 2016 Municipal Elections will be available from tomorrow, June 10.

The applications open at 8am and will close on  July 8 at 5pm.

For the first time this application will be available online and via SMS.

Special votes are available to all registered voters including the disabled, infirm, pregnant, members of the security forces, election officials, the media and any other voters who are unable to visit their voting station on Election Day,  August 3.

Special voting days  are  August 1 and 2  between 8am and 5pm.

Special votes may only be cast by voters who have applied for and received approval from the Electoral Commission to cast a special vote.

There are two forms of special votes:

  • Home visits: This is when election officials visit voters at their place of residence to allow them to cast their ballots. Home visits are only available to voters who are disabled, infirm or pregnant.


  • Special voting at your voting station: Available to registered voters who are unable to vote on 3 August.

Applications will be available online via the Electoral Commission’s website www.elections.org.za and via cellphone by SMSing  your ID number to 32249 (SMS charged at R1).

The SMS application facility is only available for those applying to cast a special vote at their voting station and not for home visits.

Once their application has been processed, voters will receive a notification via email or SMS of whether their application for a special vote was successful or not. They can also check the status of their special vote application online at www.elections.org.za

You can also apply at the local IEC offices by submitting an MEC 35 form, available from the offices. Forms must be hand-delivered but can be delivered on behalf of a voter by someone else.


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