'Expats should vote on both ballots'

The DA says expats should be able vote on the provincial and national ballots in the 2014 elections.

FILE: Voting station. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Democratic Alliance (DA) proposals, that would allow expats to vote on the provincial ballot in the 2014 general elections, have been rejected by the African National Congress (ANC) in Parliament.

Members of Parliament (MPs) are deliberating on the Electoral Amendment Bill, which gives effect to a 2009 Constitutional Court order allowing South Africans living abroad to vote.

But the bill only allows voting for the National Assembly and not for Provincial Legislatures.

Earlier this month, the DA turned to the courts to try and settle the matter.

The party's Masizole Mnqasela said, "The provincial and national ballot should be given to all South Africans, including those who live abroad. The ANC does not believe provincial ballots should be given to those South Africans, an argument we find unrealistic."

The DA also wants South Africans who will not be in the province on election day, but are registered, to be able to cast a provincial ballot.