Well, voting is not only our right, it is our power. No one wants to fail democracy by forfeiting their power to vote. Why, in any case, would you want to be governed by people you do not even care for? That is why we can’t wait for the Elections 2019 D-day when we get to decide who takes the steering wheel of the nation and who goes back home. And, the best thing about all this is that it is not mandatory to report to your voting station to vote. IEC has made it easier, if you have a condition that prevents you from physically appearing at the station, then they themselves will come to you, but, only if you apply for a special vote. The window is open, but not for long! So, why wait, find out how to do just that and get to elect your leader.
Elections belong to the people, this we know. But, sometimes, you just wonder if you should actually be making the long queue, braving the elements of the weather to go to the polls when you are sick, disabled, or heavily expectant. It is a big hustle, no wonder at times we just decide to let others choose leaders for us. But hey, this time, we do not have to worry about huffing and puffing on the queue with our pre-existing conditions. At least, we can now apply for a special casting of the ballot and get to participate in the elections too!
The Electoral Commission has finally allowed South Africans who want to vote but may be unable to make it to the voting station to register for special votes.
The application has begun on April 4th, 2019, and will run for two weeks. If you wish to apply for the South Africa special vote, you better do it now before April 18th, 2019.
Elections 2019: Types of South Africa special votes
IEC has allowed two categories of special votes to be cast in South Africa this year.
The first will allow South Africans to cast ballots at home. If you are sick, disabled, pregnant or for some reason unable to report to the station, you may apply to be visited at home or at an address outside of your voting district.
This exercise will begin at 09:00 till 17:00 on Monday, May 6th, 2019 and May 7th, 2019.
The second one will take place at the voting station. If you are unable to go to the polls on the elections day, you can apply to be allowed to cast it before the D-day. This applies to people who might have traveled out of the country by the time the voting day rolls around. This will also take place on May 6th and 7th just like the special home visit exercise.
Elections 2019: How to apply for a special vote
Now that you know you can apply for special voting, the only thing remaining is how to do it.
You can apply by
- Submitting an online application through the commission’s secure portal
- You can also submit a completed VEC1 form at the IECs local office in the area you intend to be visited. You must deliver this form physically as they do not accept emails and faxes. However, you can still send someone else to deliver it if you cannot make it to the office yourself. Get these downloadable VEC1 forms at the IEC online website.
- You can also apply for the IEC special votes 2019 by texting your ID number to 32249. It costs R1.00 per SMS.
Once you have submitted your application, you will receive a text message notifying you of the outcome of your application once it has been processed. However, you can also check the status of your application at the IEC website.
Elections 2019: Who can vote in South Africa?
Any South African citizen can register for casting the ballot in the coming Elections 2019 in SA as long as they are at least 18 years old and have a green, bar-coded ID book; smartcard ID; or valid Temporary Identity Certificate (TIC).
Elections 2019: Can I apply to vote online?
No. South Africans cannot cast ballots online. South Africans who live abroad are allowed to vote physically at a selected foreign mission in the country they are in. Those in the country must vote physically at their voting stations or apply for the special vote if they can not make it to the station.
Elections 2019: How do I check my voting station?
If you do not know your voting station, you can find it out by checking your registration details by sending a text message with your ID number to 32810 where each text costs R1.00
- Downloading the IEC mobile app and entering your ID number
- Checking the details online
- Checking it at the local IEC office during working hours.
You see, this time no one has a reason to skip the Elections 2019 exercise. The Electoral Commission has made sure that every south African eligible to vote will have a chance to participate in the elections despite their circumstances. The big question is, will you vote?