In order to vote in the 2019 elections, it is essential that you’re registered to vote.
If you have ever voted before you, then you should still be registered to vote – you only need to do it once. You can check your registration status on the IEC website.
If you are registered to vote, it is likely that you’re registered in South Africa, but don’t worry, closer to the elections you will have the opportunity to inform the IEC that you plan to vote abroad by submitting a VEC10 form when it becomes available after the President announces the date of the election.
If you aren’t yet registered to vote then you can apply to register at your nearest South African embassy, high commission or consulate-general during their normal office hours (see www.dfa.gov.za for locations and contact info). Please note that it is not possible to register or vote at honorary consulates or liaison offices.
If you are travelling to South Africa, you can also register to vote at a local IEC office during office hours prior to an election. We strongly urge you to contact your local IEC office prior to your trip to confirm their opening times and the dates that you will be able to register to vote. For more info on this please visit the IEC website.
Eligibility to register
To be eligible to register, a person must:
- Be a South African citizen
- Be 16 years of age or older (applicants can register from the age of 16 but only vote from age 18)
- Possess a valid green bar-coded identity document, a valid Temporary Identity Certificate (valid for 2 months) or Smart Card
- Possess a valid South African passport and
- Submit in person the application form, the identity document and a valid passport to a Special Officer at the South African embassy, high commission or consulate-general. The application form for registration will be provided at the SA mission abroad.
Ahead of the elections in 2019, it is expected that there will also be overseas voter registration weekends for South Africans abroad – once these dates are made public, we will share this information via our website and our mailing list.
Once you are registered to vote, in order to vote abroad you will need to do the following:
- Ensure you have a valid South African ID book and Passport (you will need both to vote). Please CHECK that your passport is VALID and that it is not expired. If you need to renew your Passport, do so ASAP at a South African mission abroad or definitely the next time you go back home.
- Ensure you have submitted the VEC10 form to the IEC to inform them where you plan to vote abroad. This form will only be available from the date the President announces the date of the election.
- Head to your nearest South African Embassy, High Commission or consulate-general to vote on the announced election day
If you have any questions, then please email contact us.