In 2019 South Africa will hold its sixth democratic national and provincial elections. A vital part of any democracy is to guarantee that voting takes place in an atmosphere which is considered free and fair.
South Africans vote in National and Provincial Elections every 5 years. In terms of the Constitution the elections must be held within 90 days of the expiry of the sitting National Assembly and Provincial Legislatures.
The election date 08 May 2019 has proclaimed by the President of the Republic of South Africa.
South Africans from all walks of life will participate in the democratic process of voting for a political party of their choice; that will govern the country over the next five years. The outcome of the General Elections will also inform the public representatives to the National Assembly and the Provincial Legislatures.
National and provincial elections are two different elections to choose representatives to the National Assembly and Provincial Legislatures.
- National vote: You are voting for a political party to represent you in the National Assembly.
- Provincial vote: You are voting for a political party to represent you in the Provincial Legislature.
You are eligible to register to vote if you are:
- A South African citizen and are registered to vote;
- At least 18 years old; and
- In possession of a green bar-coded ID book, smart ID card or temporary identity certificate.
How to apply for a special vote at my voting station?
If you can’t vote at your voting station on election day, you can apply to cast a special vote at your voting station on 6 or 7 May 2019 between 4 and 18 April 2019 only, as per the election timetable, in one of the following ways:
- Using our secured online application form
- By SMSing your identity number to 32249 (R1.00 per SMS). (For special vote at a voting station ONLY)
- By visiting your local IEC office (not the national or provincial offices) and submitting a VEC 1 form. Forms can only be hand-delivered (no emails or faxes accepted), but someone else can deliver your completed form on your behalf.
You will receive an SMS notifying you of the outcome once your application has been processed, but you can also check the status of your special vote application online.
Remember to vote at the voting station where you are registered and applied for the special vote, either on 6 or 7 May 2019.