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Record number of applications to vote abroad in National Elections

A total of 30 532 voters have applied to cast their vote in the national elections at one of South Africa’s 121 foreign missions.

The applications were received by the deadline to submit a notification to vote abroad (using a VEC 10 form) yesterday. Of these, 29 334 were approved.

In 2014 the Electoral Commission received 27 899 applications to vote outside the country of which 26 716 were approved and a total of 18 446 actually voted in the election.


The breakdown of approved applications per region is as follows:

Region      Total approved applications
Africa      2 868
Asia      7 174
Europe      14 838
North America      2 196
Oceania      2 133
South America      125
Total      29 334


The top 10 foreign missions with the most applications are:

Mission      Approved applicants
London      9 084
Dubai      1 542
The Hague      1 355
Canberra      1 195
Abu Dhabi      1 061
Wellington      927
Dublin      817
Kinshasa      797
New York      605
Doha      566


Voters whose applications have been approved will vote at the foreign mission indicated on Saturday 27 April 2019 between 07H00 and 19H00. 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) AND their valid passport.




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