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Too far away: Not all South Africans abroad able to vote on Freedom Day

Moeketsi Maeyane from Portugal tweeted that his heart is sore as the embassy in Lisbon is a flight away and as a student, he can’t afford the trip, but he has appealed to compatriots back home to do the right thing and vote on 8 May.

Voters abroad show off their inked thumbs. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Not all South Africans abroad who are eligible to vote were able to exercise their right as voting stations have only been set up at foreign missions.

The 120 missions are in the main centres, but some South Africans live outside of these cities.

In countries like China and the UK, voters have shared images of their fingers with indelible ink, but many others have been left out.

Expat Louis Oelofse in Ankara, Turkey shared an image of himself and other South Africans on Twitter holding the South African flag after voting at the embassy.

But Lydia Masemola in Canada said the South African High Commission in Ottawa is a day trip away from where she is based.

Moeketsi Maeyane from Portugal tweeted that his heart is sore as the embassy in Lisbon is a flight away and as a student, he can’t afford the trip, but he has appealed to compatriots back home to do the right thing and vote on 8 May.

Meanwhile, the IEC has said voting has gone well in all the foreign missions around the world.