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VOTING ABROAD IN THE 2019 NATIONAL ELECTION

MESSAGE FROM THE INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL COMMISSION OF SOUTH AFRICA (IEC)

N.B: Voting at the South African High Commission in London (UK) is scheduled for Saturday 27 April 2019 from 07h00 to 23h30. The High Commission is situated at South African House, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DP.

Kindly be advised that Trafalgar Square will be hosting the Vaisakhi Festival on 27 April 2019. 

Approximately 30 000 visitors are expected to attend this event between 12pm to 5pm.

Consequently Trafalgar Square will not be available for queuing.

The queuing for voting will be opposite the High Commission in Duncannon Street which will be closed off to traffic.

To check whether you are eligible to vote abroad in the 2019 national election,

go to www.elections.org.za/IECOnline/Check-My-VEC-10-Notification-Status-Q1

Voting Hours

Voting hours has been extended for the London mission. This will be from 07h00 to 23h30 on 27 April 2019.

Requirements to vote

Your notification of intention to vote (VEC 10) must have been approvedCheck your VEC 10 notification status here.

You MUST bring your ID book or Smart Card (photocopies are not accepted)

You MUST bring your VALID SOUTH AFRICAN passport (expired passports are not accepted)

Taking photographs of your marked ballot is a criminal offence.

For enquiries please visit our website on www.elections.org.za

FAQs

When is voting day for the 2019 National Elections for South Africans abroad?

Voting abroad is scheduled for Saturday, 27 April 2019.

What documentation do you need to take with you to your mission to vote?

Please take BOTH your South African ID (green, bar-coded South African ID book, smart ID card, or valid Temporary Identity Certificate) AND your valid South African passport with you to the mission that you indicated you would be voting at in your VEC 10 application. Both documents are essential. Only original documents can be accepted – no copies.

What address will appear on the voters’ roll for you?

Once you have submitted your VEC 10 application, the address of the mission at which you will be voting will appear as your address atwww.elections.org.za/MyIEC.

What if you registered to vote but your name is not on the voters’ roll?

If you registered to vote at your mission in recent months, but you are not listed as being a registered voter, then please email info@elections.org.za with a scan of your identity document AND passport and proof that you registered, so that the Electoral Commission can investigate the matter. Unfortunately there is a chance that you will not be able to vote in the 2019 National Elections.

What if my ID and passport have different surnames, for example, one still has my maiden name.

The Electoral Commission uses your identity number and checks it against the National Population Register (NPR). We then get your name as it’s reflected on the NPR (the Department of Home Affairs automatically changes your name when you get married), and that is the name that appears on the voters’ roll. You can apply for a new ID/Passport reflecting your changed name if you want to. These new documents can be applied for at any South African mission abroad or at the Department of Home Affairs in South Africa.

What happens when you cast a special vote abroad?

If your application for a special vote is successful, you will vote as follows:

· Your thumbnail is marked with indelible ink.

· Your ID book or Temporary Identity Certificate is stamped ( if you’re voting with a smart ID card this will not be stamped)

· You receive a national election ballot paper.

· You mark the ballot in secret, place and seal the ballot in an unmarked envelope

The Nelson Mandela statue on London’s Parliament Square, a wonderful tribute from the City of London to South Africa’s iconic freedom fighter and first democratic president, symbolises our mutual friendship and respect. Mandela speech to the Palace of Westminster, 11 July, 1996.

         PUBLIC HOLIDAYS OBSERVED BY THE SOUTH AFRICAN HIGH COMMISSION IN LONDON - 2019

      DATE

     DAY

     HOLIDAY

1 January

Tuesday

New Year’s Day

21 March

Thursday

Human Rights Day

19 April

Friday

Good Friday

22 April  

Monday                              

Family Day / Easter Monday

6 May   

Monday

Early May Bank Holiday

27 May

Monday

Spring Bank Holiday

17 June

Monday

Youth Day (16th)

9 August

Friday

National Women’s Day

26 August

Monday

Summer Bank Holiday

24 September

Tuesday

Heritage Day

25 December

Wednesday

Christmas Day

26 December

Wednesday

Day of Goodwill / Boxing Day