Don’t know where to cast your vote from? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Finding your designated voting station on 8 May will make casting your vote in the 2019 elections that much easier. Here’s how to do it.
Exercising your fundamental democratic right to vote shouldn’t be a headache but with an estimated 26 million people heading to the polls on Wednesday, there’s sure to be some hiccups along the way. This shouldn’t deter you from making your mark on South Africa’s future and with a bit of planning, your trip to the voting station will be a breeze.
Checking your registration status
In order to vote in this year’s general elections, you need to be registered on the voters roll. Luckily, the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) has made checking your registration status a quick and painless task.
Here are two simple ways to check whether you’re registered to vote in the 2019 elections on 8 May.
Check via SMS
You can also check on your registration status by SMSing your ID Number to 32810. Like the online portal, your response from the IEC will confirm your eligibility to vote and list your designated station.
The importance of knowing your voting station
The importance attached to your designated station, district and province are multifaceted. For one, it’s a way for the IEC to accurately track and manage the volume of votes according to areas. It also safeguards against voter manipulation, specifically on the provincial ballot.
Simply put, you need to vote at the voting station where you’re registered to vote.
There are, however, some exceptions to the rule. If, for whatever reason, you happen to be outside your designated voting district on 8 May, you may be allowed to make your mark at another voting station. You’ll still be able to complete both the national and provincial ballot as long as you’re still in your registered province.
If you’re outside of the province where you registered, you’ll only be able to vote in the national election and not the provincial election.
In both of these cases, note that you may be required to present the following on arrival at the voting station:
Proof of registration (application sticker pasted in your ID when you applied for registration)
You’ll also have to complete a form (VEC 4) at the voting station.
How to find your voting station
The IEC website experiences a massive upswell in traffic on Election Day as voters make the last minute rush to check on their registration details. In the past, this mad dash has created browsing serious problems. If for any reason you can’t access the website to check your registration details, we suggest you use the SMS service previously described.
If those methods fail – or if you’re voting outside of your designated district – here are the lists of all voting stations in South Africa. Click on your province below to download a PDF – you can then use the search function to identify your nearest station.
Voting Stations in South Africa: (Please note the file will download automatically when clicking on the link it is a PDF file)
If you still cannot find your voting station or have any other queries, you can always call the IEC Contact Center on 0800 11 8000.
You must present your valid Identification (ID) document to the door controller at the entrance of the voting station.
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