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Thousands arrive at voting station in London

Polling will continue until 9pm after which the ballots will be sent to South Africa for counting.

Polling will continue until 9pm after which the ballots will be sent to South Africa for counting. Picture: Danica Kaveney

AUSTRALIA - Thousands of people have already started arriving at voting stations in London as South African expats make their mark in the 2014 general elections.

The Independent Electoral Commission says voting has started without any hiccups and will continue throughout the day.

The queue early at the Consulate in Dubai. Picture: Anel-Carline Beukes.

Capetonian Kerryn Money said she travelled by bus from Cardiff to London to cast her ballot.

"There are many people and I can't really see behind me and how far back the que is going."

Voting is underway in parts of Africa, Europe and Asia.

But in Australia the South African High Commission in the capital Canberra, the third largest overseas voting station after London and Dubai, has been flooded with complaints from prospective voters.

South Africans pose outside the South African Liaison Office in Taiwan before voting on 30 April 2014. Picture: via Twitter @LauraGoble

Less than one percent of the more than 145,000 South Africans living in South Africa are registered in Australia.

The High Commissioner in Canberra said just over 1,200 people are expected to pass through their voting rooms.

Although a few voters have travelled from Perth, more than 3,000 kilometres away, many haven't been to muster the resources to make the journey.

High commissioner officials said they sympathise with the voters as they wanted everyone to exercise their democratic right but the decision was out of their hands.

Polling will continue until 9pm after which the boxes will be couriered to South Africa for counting.

THOUSANDS CONTINUE TO VOTE

Thousands of people have already started arriving at the voting station in London.

South Africa's largest expat community lives in the English capital where 9,000 people have registered to take part in the elections.

South African Gerard Pilz said there are close to a thousand people already waiting in the queue.

"The sun is shining and people are smiling and the turnout is amazing."

South Africans living at home will go to the polls on 7 May.

Good turnout in London so far. Now let's get this show on the road! #VoteHomeSA #SAElections2014 pic.twitter.com/F9oR6xNL0R

Now I am ready too!on my way to the Hague #votehomesa pic.twitter.com/ZPfIkC47Oo

I've voted in Jakarta, Indonesia. Other South Africans are voting here, too. #SAelections2014 #votehomesa pic.twitter.com/GRT7EoAteC

#Elections2014 South Africans standing in line waiting to cast their vote in Trafalgar Square: pic.twitter.com/UAaesitKfy

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