The South African Embassy in Lisbon was pleased to register some new voters and confirm other registrations during the Special Registration period for South Africans living abroad from 1 - 4 February 2019.
Good news is that first-time voters can continue to register at the South African Embassy in Lisbon (Mon to Thurs 08h30 to 17h00 and Fri 08H30 to 13H00) until such time that the date of the government elections has been officially announced. However, you can confirm whether you are indeed registered on the IEC website http://www.elections.org.za/content/For-voters/Myvoter-registration-details by submitting your ID number.
A valid South African ID and Passport are required to come and register in person.
Citizens living abroad who are already registered to vote – either on the national or international segment of the voters’ roll – need not re-register but will be required to inform the Electoral Commission of their intention to vote outside of the country.
This will have to be done by completing an online form (Notification and Application to CEO of the IEC for Special Votes Abroad) indicating the mission at which they intend voting. This form will be available on the website at www.elections.org.za from the date the 2019 national election is proclaimed for a 15-day period. The Electoral Commission will issue a notice to this effect after proclamation of the election date.
For updates on the process to apply to vote abroad please follow the Electoral Commission on social media (@IECSouthAfrica on Twitter and Facebook) or visit their website www.elections.org.za.
For your information the President has indicated his intention to call an election before the end of May 2019.
MORE ABOUT VOTER REGISTRATION ABROAD
Who needs to register to vote abroad?
To vote in South Africa’s elections, you must be registered as a voter. First-time voters who are not currently on South Africa’s voters’ roll must apply for registration at their nearest South African embassy, high commission or consulate-general. Voters who live abroad, but were previously registered in South Africa, are still registered to vote and are not required to re-register.
What do I need to register to vote abroad?
- Be a South African citizen
- Be at least 16 years old
- Have a valid South African ID – either the green barcoded ID book OR smart ID card or Temporary ID Certificate
- Have a valid South African passport.
Where can I register abroad?
You must apply in person for registration at your nearest South African embassy, high commission or consulate-general (visit http://www.dirco.gov.za/webmissions/index.html for locations and contact info) during their normal office hours. Please note that it is not possible to register or vote at honorary consuls’ offices.
When can I register abroad?
The registration event will take place from 1 to 4 February 2019 for South African citizens abroad.
How can I check if I’m already registered?
Visit the My Voter Registration Details page at https://www.elections.org.za/content/For-voters/My-voter-registration-details/ on the Electoral Commission’s website and submit your ID number. Should you visit South Africa before the 2019 elections, you can also SMS your ID Number to 32810 (R1.00 per SMS sent or received) for your registration status and voting station details. (This SMS facility is only available if you are in the Republic of South Africa.)
What documentation do I need to take with me to register?
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. Both documents are essential. Only original documents can be accepted – no copies.
What if my ID and passport have different surnames, for example, one still has my maiden name? Do I need to re-register?
You do not need to re-register. 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.
I am already a registered voter, but my given address is in South Africa. Do I need to provide the Electoral Commission with my new address where I live abroad?
When are the 2019 elections going to be held?
The date for the 2019 national and provincial elections is only expected to be announced by the President in early 2019. In terms of the Constitution the elections must be held within 90 days of the expiry of the current term of the National Assembly and provincial legislatures. Their term expires on 6 May 2019, and the 90 day period ends on 5 August 2019, so the elections must take place between these dates. The President has indicated his intention to call an election before the end of May 2019.
For general queries:
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/IECSouthAfrica
- Twitter: @IECSouthAfrica