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IEC records over 740,000 applications for special vote

The figure is three times higher than in 2011, indicating a greater interest in this year’s polls.

Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says it has noted a dramatic increase in the number of special vote applications, with Mpumalanga having the highest number at 200,000.

Yesterday, the IEC held another briefing on its state of readiness in Pretoria ahead of next month's municipal elections.

It says over 740,000 applications were made for the special vote which is taking place on the 1 and 2 August.

The figure is three times higher than in 2011, indicating a greater interest in this year's polls.

IEC spokesperson Kate Bapela said: "Our appeal is that in the event that our officials come and for some reason you are no longer sick and they don't find you home, they won't come back."