According to the South African Electoral Commission (IEC) and the Department of International Relations & Cooperation (DIRCO), it is now possible to register South Africans living outside of the country as voters and for them to vote in 2014 election for the very first time in history.
South Africans living outside of the country who wish to vote in this year’s national election are required to register in person either in South Africa or at one of South Africa’s 124 Embassies, High Commissions or Consulates-General located in 108 countries. These South Africans need to be in possession of a valid South African identity document (either a green bar-coded South African ID book, a new smart-card ID or a valid temporary identity certificate) and a valid South African passport to register. South African citizens living outside of the country and who are already registered as voters in South Africa do not need to register again.
Applications for registration are open with immediate effect and take place during normal office hours of the various missions until Friday, 7 February 2014. Provision has also been made for two special registration weekends, on 18 and 19 January and 25 and 26 January 2014, to accommodate those South Africans living abroad who are unable to register at their nearest South African foreign mission during normal working hours.
To be eligible to register abroad, a person must:
a) Be a South African citizen;
b) Be 16 years of age or older;
c) Possess a valid green bar-coded identity document, a valid Temporary Identity Certificate(valid for 2 months) or Smart Card;
d) Possess a valid South African passport and
e) Submit in person the application form, the identity document and a valid passport to a Special Registration Officer appointed by the Commission for that purpose.
For further information contact : Electoral Commission of South Africa
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