Voters are allowed to wear T-shirts and other items showing their party affiliation. However, party agents are prohibited from doing so.
SMS your ID number to 32810 (R1 per SMS) to check which voting district you are registered in and where your voting station is.
If you have a physical disability or a visual impairment, you can ask someone older than 18 to assist you, or ask for help from a presiding election officer. (An observer, if available, and 2 agents from different parties must be present.)
To protect the integrity of the voting process, it is illegal to take photographs with your marked ballot paper. Instead, voters are encouraged to take pictures of their marked thumbs to show they have voted.
You can use the Presidential Hotline at 17737 or contact the office of the Presidency at President@presidency.gov.za.
Make sure your ballot papers are stamped on the reverse side when they are given to you. This proves that they were issued at that voting station.
If you are a registered voter and either live abroad or will be abroad on election day in South Africa, and you have valid South African ID as well as a valid South African passport (valid temporary passports are also accepted), you are eligible to vote abroad. However, you must also submit a VEC10 during the period specified in the election timetable (15 days from the date on which the election is proclaimed) notifying us of your intention to vote abroad. For more information visit: http://www.elections.org.za/content/For-Voters/How-to-register-and-vote-abroad/
You will be given two ballot papers: one for the national election and the other for the provincial election. Look for the ANC name, symbol and photo of the President on the ballot paper. The ANC is fourth from the top on the national and second or third on the provincial ballot papers.
If you’ve registered and voted in the past, then you don’t need to re-register to vote in this election. Re-registration is only necessary if you’ve moved to a different voting district (or the boundaries of your voting district have changed). The registration period has now closed, but you can still check your status by SMSing your ID number to 32810.
If you are outside your voting district on election day, you can vote at any voting station but it will take longer as you will have to fill out a special form. If you are outside the province, you will only get a national ballot paper.
If you make a mistake marking your ballot paper, DO NOT put it in the ballot box. Call an IEC official to cancel your paper and give you a new one. You can only ask for a new ballot twice.
Your vote is your secret, so do not tell anyone in the voting station who you’re voting for. In the voting booth, make a clear X mark next to the candidate/political party you support. Ensure you make only one mark on each ballot paper to avoid a spoilt ballot.
A special vote allows a registered voter to apply to vote on a predetermined day before Election Day. There are two categories of special votes: 1. Voters who will be absent from their voting district on Election Day 2. Voters who are physically infirm, disabled or pregnant and cannot travel to their voting station
We vote for political parties who send Members of Parliament (MPs) and Members of the Provincial Legislature (MPLs) to represent the people. They ensure government uses our taxes to deliver services to the people of South Africa.
In order to vote abroad you must submit your VEC10 form on the IEC website by midnight on the 13 March.
You must bring a valid South African identity document in the form of a green ID book, a smartcard ID or a valid temporary ID certificate. The barcode on your ID will be scanned.
(Provincial MPLs do the same at provincial level.)
Inside the voting station your name will be marked off the voters’ roll. If you have no address on the voters’ roll, you will be asked to provide details of where you live. Your left thumb will be marked with special election ink. This stain will not come off for several days to prevent anyone from voting more than once.
South Africans abroad will cast their vote on Saturday, 27 April.
On 8 May, Election Day, you must go to the voting station where you registered as a voter. Do not forget to bring your ID.
Make sure you go to the correct voting station and district in which you are registered. Every voting station is marked by large, clear signs outside. If you are outside your normal voting district, you can vote at any station but it will take longer as you will have to fill in a special form. If you are outside your province you will lose your provincial vote and only get a national ballot.
Presiding officers at the voting station are responsible for ensuring our elections are free and fair. If you see any inappropriate conduct, suspect your ballot paper has been tampered with, or if you are being intimidated, make sure you report this to the officers. Political parties are not allowed to campaign inside the boundaries of voting stations. Tell one of the party agents or volunteers at your party’s table. Ask them to report to the Municipal Electoral Officer from the IEC.
All South African citizens over 18 can vote. You must be registered on the voters’ roll at the voting station in your voting district.
We fought hard to win the right to vote – we must use it. Your future is in your hands. Do not let others decide for you.
A vote for the ANC means we will: