In a joint statement issued by South Africa’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) in Pretoria, South Africa, the Government has expressed satisfaction that all necessary arrangements have been made for South Africans living abroad to exercise their democratic right to vote in the upcoming 2014 General Elections.
Following the Presidential assent to the Electoral Amendment Act No. 18 of 2013 and the publication of amendments to the Regulations on the Registration of Voters, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation has collaborated with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to register South Africans living outside of the country as voters.
Chapter 3 of the election regulations, dealing with special votes, has been revised to accommodate voting by South African citizens abroad. It requires registered voters who will not be in South Africa on Election Day (including those who registered outside of the country) to notify the Chief Electoral Officer of the IEC of their intention to apply to cast their ballot at a South African diplomatic mission.
Notifications of intention to apply for a special vote can be made online via the IEC’s website at www.elections.gov.za. All applicants should use a VEC10 form. This form has been available since the President of the Republic proclaimed the election date as per the law. Online applications should have been made within 15 days of the proclamation.
The Department Of International Relations and Cooperation has made the necessary information and infrastructure available for the IEC to carry out its constitutional mandate of managing the electoral process. The Department has also disseminated information from the IEC regarding the conduct of elections to all South African missions for further dissemination to South African citizens.
The South African Government is encouraged that South Africans living abroad have responded in large numbers and will be voting on the 30th of April 2014.
For more information, visit the official website of the Department Of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) at http://www.dirco.gov.za/docs/2014/iec0107.html