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IEC warns over casting of special votes

Kate Bapela says those who didn’t apply for a special vote last month will have to vote on Wednesday.

Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) officials during voter registration weekend. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - More than 700,000 South Africans who registered for special votes will start voting from today and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has warned those who did not apply not to bother making their way to voting stations until Wednesday.

People eligible to cast their ballots today and tomorrow include those who can't travel to their voting stations because they are disabled, pregnant or will be in a different district to their own on election day.

In total, more than 26 million people have registered to vote in this year's elections. Voting abroad is only possible in national elections and not in municipal elections.

The IEC's Kate Bapela says those who didn't apply for a special vote last month will have to vote on Wednesday.

"If you've not applied don't even bother because officials won't assist you. You'll go and vote with the rest of the South Africans on 3 August."

She says voting stations will be open from 8am this morning.

"Voting stations will open at 8 o'clock and close at 5pm for those who are doing special voting. They must be aware of the time."

Special voting days allocated for this year's municipal elections are today and tomorrow.

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