Home Affairs open on election day

South Africans head to the polls for the fifth democratic national and provincial elections on 7 May.

South Africans head to the polls for the fifth democratic national and provincial elections on 7 May. Picture: SAPA.

CAPE TOWN - Home Affairs offices will be open nationwide on election day to assist eligible voters with their identity documents (ID), the department confirmed on Monday.

South Africans head to the polls for the fifth democratic national and provincial elections on 7 May.

With just weeks to go before the polls, officials say 122,000 IDs and 23,000 smartcard IDs have not been collected.

Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor says offices will be open from 7am on election day.

"If a person approaches our offices applying in the immediate, we would explain to them that they can have a temporary ID certificate issued. That is done on the spot by the department."