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South Africans living abroad to vote in simplified process

The voters are required to visit the mission indicated on their application and take with their South African IDs and valid passports.

An IEC elections 2019 campaign logo seen at the commission’s head offices in Centurion, Tshwane. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN

CAPE TOWN - More than 29,300 South Africans living abroad will cast their ballots today.

They'll be doing so at South African embassies and consulates in the countries they live in.

The process takes place less than two weeks before South Africans head to the polls on home soil.

The voters, who've received approval to cast their ballots abroad, are required to visit the mission indicated on their application and take with their South African IDs and valid passports.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says this year the process was simplified, and voters will no longer be required to complete a special vote application form before voting.

IEC deputy chief electoral officer Masego Sheburi said, “At the close of the station those ballots will be sealed for return to South Africa. The ballots will be counted together on the 8th of May.”

He says voting hours will be extended at 4 missions.

“The voting hours will from 7AM-7PM.”

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)

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