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DA files papers for expats to vote

The DA wants South Africans living abroad to be able to cast a national and provincial vote.

The DA wants South Africans living abroad to be able to cast a national and provincial vote.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has filed papers in the Western Cape High Court to allow for South Africans living abroad to register and vote for both national and provincial elections.

Before the last elections in 2009 the Constitutional Court ruled that South Africans living overseas should be allowed to vote.

But the DA says they should be allowed to cast provincial as well as national ballots and should not have to only vote at South African embassies and consulates.

The party says in areas where there are no embassies but substantial numbers of South Africans, special voting stations should be set up.

DA Member of Parliament James Selfe says, "Our application is intended to take this to its logical conclusions by allowing South Africans abroad to both register and vote on both ballots."

The Independent Electoral Elections (IEC) is currently preparing for the 2014 general elections.

The date for the election has not been set yet.