Elections: Special voting begins today
Nearly 34,000 who have applied for special votes will make their mark over the next two days.
CAPE TOWN - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in the Western Cape said close to 34,000 people who have applied for special votes are expected to make their mark over the next two days.
There are two categories of special votes: home visits and people casting their ballots at voting stations where they are registered.
IEC Provincial head Courtney Sampson said, "There are over 30,000 people who applied for special votes and I must just reiterate that special votes are only for people who have applied and who have been granted the special vote by the IEC. It is not open to everybody."
Political parties have until midnight on Tuesday to wrap up their campaigns, with no political activity allowed on voting day itself.
The result of the elections must be released within a week.
South African nationals queue up outside the South African Embassy in Dubai to vote on 30 April 2014. Picture: via Twitter @Sticklebean
Ballot papers and official seals were sent across six continents, to as far afield as Australia, the United States, Europe and the Middle East.
South African national queue in Trafalgar Square in London as they get ready to vote on 30 April 2014. Picture: @DA_Abroad