It is nearly time for all South Africans to make their mark again. It is up to each one of us to keep moving South Africa forward to a real democracy; where we have two or three political parties as viable contenders and where we can hold these parties to account when they don’t deliver.
We can only accomplish this if we first register to vote, and then actually vote for the parties we believe can take us forward.
You have to be registered to vote, but only have to register once. So, if you are not sure, first check if you are registered. According to the Electoral Commission of South Africa, you can check if you are registered in the following ways:
- send an SMS with your ID number to 32810 (from within SA);
- check your voter registration details online;
- call the IEC call centre on 0800 11 8000 (toll-free from a landline in SA);
- check at your voting station during a registration weekend; or
- check at your local Municipal Electoral Office during office hours.
I am not registered, so how do I register to vote?
If you are a South African citizen, 16 years or older, and have a green, bar-coded ID book, ID smartcard or Temporary Identity Certificate (TIC), you can register to vote. You will only be allowed to vote this year if you are registered to vote and 18 years or older at the time.
Your local municipal electoral office
You can apply for registration at your local Municipal Electoral Office during office hours, but please contact your local office first to make an appointment.
5 and 6 March 2016 (registration weekend)
Please use the online Voting Station Finder to find your correct voting station.
Living abroad? You can still register to vote
All South Africans with a valid South African ID (green, bar-coded ID / smartcard ID / valid TIC) AND a valid South African passport can apply for registration.
If you aren’t registered, you will need to visit your nearest South African embassy, high commission, or consulate to register. For more information, visit http://www.elections.org.za/content/For-Voters/How-to-register-and-vote-abroad/
Please note that it can take up to a week to process registration applications, so do not delay. Please ensure you are registered to vote so you can make your voice heard.
Most of the information in this post was gathered from the IEC website. For more information, please visit www.elections.org.za