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Date of this Communique: 15 March 2019

Voting abroad is scheduled for Saturday 27 April 2019 from 7:00 to 19:00 at embassies, high commissions and consuls of the RSA.

The date of voting abroad is not on the same date as voting inside of the Republic of South Africa on 8 May 2019.

Between 26 February 2019 and 13 March 2019, and by way of submission of a VEC10 notification, registered voters who intend to vote abroad were required to notify the CEO of the IEC of their intention to vote abroad, and at which mission they intend to vote abroad. The VEC10 notification template was available on but is now closed for voting in the national election of 2019.

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

Also, when you submitted your VEC10 form you should have received a SMS or email notifying you of the outcome of your application to vote abroad. 

On voting day abroad on Saturday 27 April 2019 from 7:00 to 19:00, voters will need to present themselves in person (voting cannot take place through a proxy or remotely) at the same embassy, high commission or consul indicated in their VEC10 submission, and take with them to vote their South African identity document (either green barcoded ID book, smart ID card, or valid temporary ID certificate) AND their valid South African passport. Please note that only an original identity document/smart card/TIC, and passport are permitted – and not copies. 

Special Voting

A registered voter who intends to vote abroad and submits a VEC10 but then is inside of RSA on 6 to 8 May 2019 will be able to vote inside RSA provided the voter applies for a special vote for inside RSA between 4 and 18 April 2019.

Note that this can be done online at from 4 April to 18 April and the voter would vote at the voting station serving the voting district where registered in RSA. Special voting inside RSA is on 6 and 7 May 2019.

The voter may also vote on voting day in RSA on 8 May 2019 at the station where registered to vote.


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 at

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 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


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